December 2017
News and Updates

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SBCA Membership

Become a new member or renew your membership for 2018 now. Please note that all 2017 memberships will expire on December 31, 2017 unless renewed for 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!

Support SBCA!

Please include SBCA in your year-end gift-giving plans! We depend on your support, and are grateful for donations of any size.  

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Upcoming Events

SBCA Membership Meeting 2018

The annual meeting of the SBCA membership will take place during our conference, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at the GWU Marvin Center. We encourage all members to attend, whether or not you plan to otherwise attend the conference, and will be sharing reports on our major activities from the past year, finances, future plans and other items of importance to the membership. 

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.

SBCA Selects Drohan Management Group for Association Management Services

The SBCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Drohan Management Group (DMG) as the organization’s new management service and support team. The selection was made through a competitive procurement process. DMG will provide full-service management for the Society, effective January 1, 2018. Terri Knapp will serve as the Executive Director.
The Board is grateful for the management support the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington has provided since the founding of the Society in 2007, most recently under the outstanding leadership of Executive Director Erika Dowd, the 2016 recipient of the SBCA’s Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award.

Additional information about DMG and the transition can be found in this news item.

2018 Conference and Workshops

Register today to join us for the 2018 SBCA Conference and Workshops from March 14-16, 2018 in Washington, D.C! 

Submission decisions have been sent out, and program participants must be registered by February 1, 2018. We will also be offering seven pre-conference professional development workshops; more details can be found through the link below.

Conference Registration

Workshop Registration

Opportunities for conference sponsorship, advertising and exhibit tables are also available through the conference registration link. More details about registration timing, prices and workshop descriptions are available on our website

We look forward to seeing you in March!

SBCA Board Election Results

The Society is pleased to announce the results of its annual election. We welcome several distinguished practitioners and scholars to our Board. We are grateful for all those who agreed to be on the ballot, as well as all the members who participated in the voting process. Please join us in congratulating the Society’s recently elected officers and new Board members for 2018. 

Full biographies for each new member and officer will be available on our website in January. The 2018 President will be Donald Kenkel of Cornell University (currently serving as Vice President).
  • Clark Nardinelli (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), Vice President (2018, automatically succeeds to President in 2019)
  • Kelly Maguire (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Assistant Treasurer (2018, automatically succeeds to Treasurer in 2019)
  • Daniel Hudson (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission), Secretary
  • Henrik Andersson (Toulouse School of Economics), Board member
  • Joe Devlin (Environment & Climate Change Canada), Board member
  • Sandy Hoffmann (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Board member
  • Thomas Kniesner (Claremont Graduate University), Board member

New Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis Issue Now Available

The Fall 2017 issue of the JBCA is now available and includes the following: 
  • "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? The New U.S. Regulatory Budgeting System in Light of the  International Experience" by Andrea Renda
  • Symposium on Benefit-Cost Analysis of Policing Practices:
    • "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

On Balance: What’s the Score? The Congressional Budget Office and its Role in the Policy Process​

By Stuart Guterman

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) plays an important role in the federal legislative process. CBO’s score on a given bill—that is, its estimate of how it would affect the federal budget deficit—can determine whether Congress decides to go forward with the bill, modify it to get a more favorable estimate, or simply drop it. Given their importance, debates over CBO’s scores and the methods they use to produce them can be as controversial as the bills that are being considered. While this controversy can be politically motivated (with advocates on either side of an issue arguing for a score that is more favorable to their position), it also stems from limited understanding of CBO’s intended role in the process—and reflects the difficulty of conducting analyses of benefits and costs in the context of policy decisions.


Stuart Guterman, currently an independent consultant, has spent more than 30 years as a health policy researcher and policymaker, including time as deputy director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, director of the Office of Research, Development, and Information at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Vice President at the Commonwealth Fund. He also has spent time at the Health Care Financing Administration, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, the Urban Institute, and the Congressional Budget Office.

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SBCA Newsletter - December 2017