September 2017
News and Updates

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SBCA Membership

2018 memberships are now available! Any membership purchased now through the end of 2017 will be good through December 31, 2018. 

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.

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. Abstracts and proposals are due October 13, 2017.

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

SBCA Co-Sponsored Event: Building on the Recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Thursday, September 21 , 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
George Washington University Marvin Center, Washington, DC

Last year the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking was charged by the President and Congress to develop a strategy for improving how evidence is generated about government policies and programs. The bipartisan Commission will submit its final report with findings and recommendations in September 2017.

This discussion forum will present an opportunity for members of the professions most affected by the Commission’s recommendations to discuss how professional societies and other non-governmental organizations can embrace the momentum of the Commission’s recommendations to improve evidence building in the United States.

For more information and to register, see here.

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 School of Law 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.

Please note the event is sold out, but there is limited availability to watch online via webcast. For more information, please email us at A video will also be made available on our website after the event. 


The SBCA recently introduced a new feature, "On Balance: Perspectives from the Field." 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.

This new feature will regularly provide timely commentary and interesting updates on developments and conferences in the field, covering topics relevant to theoretical and applied practitioners alike.  We encourage you to read this month's review of a new text on BCA (below).

If you are interested in learning more about "On Balance" or contributing an article, please contact Erika Dowd or Fran Sussman. Stay tuned for more details and articles!

Review of "Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis" by David L. Weimer

Review by Donald S. Kenkel

In his new book, "Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis" (Cambridge University Press, 2017), David L. Weimer (University of Wisconsin - Madison) pulls together the insights of behavioral economics to provide useful guidance for those actually doing BCA. Because behavioral economics has wide-ranging implications for almost any policy, members of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis will very likely find Weimer's book of interest.


Donald S. Kenkel is on the faculty at Cornell University and is the Vice President/President-Elect of the SBCA. In recent years his research on the economics of health behaviors has focused especially on tobacco regulation.

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Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis New Issue

Articles from the Summer 2017 issue of the JBCA are now available on FirstView and 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 - September 2017