November 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!

Upcoming Events

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 2018 Organizational Affiliate and for a list of past Affiliates.

2018 Conference and Workshops

2018 SBCA Conference registration is now open. We expect workshop registration to open in early December. Please watch our event page for more details and stay tuned for announcements. 

We are excited to announce that this year's program will feature a keynote address by Tomas Philipson, Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy, University of Chicago, and Member of The Council of Economic Advisors at The White House.

The Program Committee is currently reviewing conference submissions and organizing the meeting sessions. Notifications will be sent by mid-December.

Opportunities for conference sponsorship, advertising and exhibit tables are available through the conference registration link. 

If you have any questions, please contact Erika Dowd at

New Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis Issue Coming Soon

The Fall 2018 issue of the JBCA is coming soon. Some articles are available on First View. The full issue will include the following: 
  • "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? The New U.S. Regulatory Budgeting System in Light of the  International Experience" by Andrea Renda
  • "Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public Safety: Facing the Methodological Challenges" by Maria Ponomarenko and Barry Friedman (Open Access)
  • "Closing the Gap: The Need for Inclusive Benefit-Cost Analysis in Policing" by Ryan Fackler, Christopher Henrichson, Elizabeth Jànszky, and S. Rebecca Neusteter
  • "Benefit-Cost Analysis in Policing Research: Assessing Crime-Control Benefits of Proactive Enforcement Practices" by Amanda Geller
  • "Evaluating Proactive Police Units: A Case Study of Retrospective Benefit-Cost Analysis with Nonexperimental Data" by Rebecca Goldstein
  • "Estimating the Effects of Police Technology Using Quasi-Experimental Methods" by Jillian B. Carr
  • "The Social Cost of a Racially Targeted Police Encounter" by Mark A. Cohen
  • "Estimation of Broad-Scale Tradeoffs in Community Policing Policies" by Richard T. Carson and Jordan J. Louviere
All SBCA members receive complimentary access to the JBCA through the SBCA Memberleap portal; please contact us with any questions.

On Balance: Perspectives from the Field

In case you missed it, here is the latest article from On Balance:

Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler, Behavioral Economics, and Benefit-Cost Analysis

By David L. Weimer

Rational action lies at the heart of neoclassical economics. Sovereign consumers make choices that maximize their utilities. By observing the tradeoffs implicit in actual choices, or eliciting tradeoffs for hypothetical choices, benefit-cost analysts impute willingness to pay for desirable policy impacts and willingness to accept undesirable ones. Yet, it appears that sometimes consumers seem to make mistakes. The field of behavioral economics seeks to provide a more realistic psychological model of consumers and other economic actors that helps us understand apparent deviations from neoclassical rationality. The 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences recognizes Richard H. Thaler’s pioneering contributions to behavioral economics.


David Weimer is the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, University of Wisconsin–Madison and was president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis in 2013. He is the author of Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis (Cambridge University Press 2017). 

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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.  
SBCA Newsletter - November 2017