August 2017
News and Updates

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SBCA Membership

Members receive the following benefits:
  • Discounted registration for the Society’s annual conference
  • Complementary digital access to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Submission of papers to the SBCA Working Paper Series
  • Announcements about Society events and reduced fees (where applicable)
  • And much more!

Working Papers Reminder

The next issue of our new working paper series will go out soon! We welcome submissions from current SBCA members.

Please send your submissions in the following format to Erika Dowd at
  • Title
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Abstract
  • Link to paper online
The Society shares these papers as a service to its members and the benefit-cost analysis community. The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis does not edit the papers before sharing and circulation of a working paper does not constitute endorsement by the Society of any of its content.  

Thank you to our 2017 Organizational Affiliates

  • The Brattle Group
  • Eastern Research Group*
  • Econometrica, Inc.*
  • The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center*
  • Industrial Economics, Incorporated*
  • Mathematica Policy Research*
  • NERA Economic Consulting*
  • Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University
* Charter affiliates

  • Claremont Graduate University, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Exxon Mobil*
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Frank Batten School, University of Virginia
  • Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell University
  • Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • University of Kentucky Gatton College Department of Economics
  • Vanderbilt University's Ph.D. Program in Law & Economics
If your organization was an affiliate last year, please remember to renew your membership.

Please visit our membership page for information about becoming a 2017 Organizational Affiliate and for a list of past Affiliates.

SBCA Co-Sponsored Event: New Developments in Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis

Please join the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Administrative Conference of the United States for a discussion on “New Developments in Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis” on September 29 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The afternoon event will feature remarks from former OIRA administrators, an expert discussion of tools for measuring the impacts of deregulatory as well as regulatory actions, and a roundtable of senior government economists sharing experiences with analysis relevant to new regulatory directives. SBCA and the Regulatory Studies Center will host a reception after the program concludes.

For more information and to register, click here.

SBCA Co-Sponsored Event: Benefit Cost Analysis: Advancing Analysis Workshop

The USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) will host Benefit Cost Analysis: Advancing Analysis Workshop, co-sponsored by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) on September 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the USDA Whitten Building, Room 108A, located at 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, D.C. You may attend in person or via webinar. 

For more information, please visit our website.


The SBCA is introducing a new feature, "BCA Matters." Short informative, practical, and timely articles relevant to BCA, written by prominent experts in the field, will be posted regularly here and on our website. The first of this series is below. Stay tuned for more details and articles! 

New JBCA article offers practical guide for interpreting regulatory impact analysis
by Susan E. Dudley

In the United States and elsewhere, government agencies are required to conduct regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) to weigh the benefits of regulatory proposals against their costs. These RIAs are invaluable tools for informing decision makers about the effects of regulatory choices; even regulatory decisions that are ultimately made on political, legal, ethical, or other grounds will benefit from the structured evaluation of tradeoffs and alternatives that a good RIA provides.

However, dense or complex RIAs can be challenging for policy officials and interested parties to comprehend and interpret, making it difficult to evaluate the evidence presented and to understand the likely consequences of alternative policy choices.


   Susan E. Dudley, past president of the
   Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis,
   directs the George Washington University
   Regulatory Studies Center and
   is distinguished professor of practice
   in the Trachtenberg School of 
   Public Policy & Public Administration.

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Call for Submissions: 2018 Conference and Workshops

SBCA's 10th Annual Conference and Workshops are coming! 

When: March 14-16, 2018
Where: GWU Marvin Center, Washington, DC

Our call for submissions for the conference and workshops is now open.

Please visit our website for more details and to submit your proposals: 

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis New Issue

Articles from the Summer 2017 issue of the JBCA are now available on FirstView. The full issue will be posted shortly and will include the following:
  • "China’s Cap on Coal and the Efficiency of Local Interventions: A Benefit-Cost Analysis of Phasing out Coal in Power Plants and in Households in Beijing" by Yana Jin, Henrik Andersson, and Shiqiu Zhang
  • "Consumer’s Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis: Ten Tips for Being an Informed Policymaker" by Susan Dudley, Richard Belzer, Glenn Blomquist, Timothy Brennan, Christopher Carrigan, Joseph Cordes, Louis A. Cox, Arthur Fraas, John Graham, George Gray, James Hammitt, Kerry Krutilla, Peter Linquiti, Randall Lutter, Brian Mannix, Stuart Shapiro, Anne Smith, W. Kip Viscusi, and Richard Zerbe
    (Open Access)
  • Symposium on “Valuing Mortality Risk Reductions in Low‐ and Middle‐Income Countries”
    • "Estimating the Values of Mortality Risk Reductions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries" by Lisa A. Robinson
    • "Extrapolating the Value per Statistical Life between Populations: Theoretical Implications" by James K. Hammitt
    • "Income Elasticities and Global Values of a Statistical Life" by W. Kip Viscusi and Clayton Masterman (Open Access)
    • "Building a Set of Internationally Comparable VSL Studies: Estimates of Chinese Willingness to Pay to Reduce Mortality Risk" by Sandra Hoffmann, Alan Krupnick, and Ping Qin
All SBCA members receive complimentary access to the JBCA; please contact us with any questions.

SBCA Newsletter - August 2017