March 2018
News and Updates

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Remember to Renew Your Membership!

The Society has been growing steadily since its inception in 2007, and our annual conference and other activities help us work toward our mission of working to promote and improve the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis.  

Membership benefits include the following:

•    Complimentary digital subscription to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (Fall issue out now!)
•    Opportunity to share your working papers with our mailing list of 5,000+ experts
•    Access to a network of scholars and practitioners working at the leading edge of this expanding field
•    Opportunity to vote in Society elections and on any membership issues that arise
•    Discount on membership fees
•    Ability to participate in Society activities through service on the Board and committees, including both standing (e.g. nominating and journal) and ad hoc committee
•    Premium membership also includes a listing on the Society’s website

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Please contact Steve Jones, Executive Director, at with any renewal issues or questions. 

Interested in Becoming a 2018 Organizational Affiliate? Check Out the Benefits!

If your organization was an affiliate last year, please remember to renew your membership. 

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Registration is Still Open for the Three Workshops on March 14th!

SBCA Will Be Featuring Three Workshops on March 14th: 

1.    Retrospective Benefit-Cost Analysis

 Retrospective analysis is now strongly encouraged under Executive Order 13563 for significant federal regulations, and is increasingly advocated in many other policy contexts in the United States and internationally. This workshop brings together four leading experts with diverse perspectives to discuss both the institutional context for these analyses and their conduct.

2.    A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers

This workshop will train participants on ways to effectively bring BCA results and related evidence to government officials in the fast-paced policy process and to help build a culture of evidence use within the executive and legislative branches.

3.  Valuing Changes in Health and Longevity in Benefit-Cost Analysis

Improved health and longevity are the major goals of many interventions and programs, and often account for the majority of the quantified benefits of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations. In this workshop, we will discuss the underlying concepts, the methods used for valuation, and the application of the results as well as related guidance.



SBCA Membership Meeting 2018

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

Donate to SBCA

In addition to your membership, consider making a donation to the SBCA. Your contribution helps to further the mission of the SBCA to advance the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis and related economic evaluation methods. Gifts to the SBCA are fully tax deductible and support activities not covered by membership and conference fees. 

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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! Register today to save!


  • $415 for 2018 Society members
  • $580 for non-members
  • $175 for 2018 student members or students enrolled at a 2018 Organizational Affiliate

ON-SITE REGISTRATION (after March 14, 2018)

  • $495 for 2018 Society members
  • $660 for non-members
  • $200 for 2018 student members or students enrolled at a 2018 Organizational Affiliate
Check out the Program!

More details about registration timing, prices, and workshop descriptions are available on SBCA's website

Melrose Georgetown Hotel: 
Click here to reserve a room

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops and conference!

On Balance: Teachable Moments in Benefit-Cost Analysis: From Obama to Trump

By Elisabeth Gilmore

On Balance: Teachable Moments in Benefit-Cost Analysis: From Obama to Trump

As a teacher of benefit-cost analysis (BCA), I find that current events often provide "teachable moments". The review by the current administration of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a cornerstone of the Obama era climate change regulations, is one such event. Federal regulations that may have significant impacts on segments of the economy are subject to an assessment that contains a BCA. The CPP adopted under the Obama administration was accompanied by a finding that benefits exceeded costs. However, the revised estimates produced by the Trump administration indicate that costs exceed benefits. Each year, many students in my class question the usefulness of BCA in promoting good policy, often asking whether the BCA framework is too flexible, and therefore meaningless. Does this example support their skepticism? I am anticipating some tough questions from my students and here’s how I plan to answer them.

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2018 Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Workshop in Stockholm

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis will co-sponsor a CBA workshop in Stockholm in April 2018. The conference will address issues in CBA as a basis for decision-making. The prime focus is on challenges for transport sector CBA, but in addition environmental applications as well as several generic subjects will be covered.

This workshop is open to members that would like attend. 

When: 25-26 April 2018
Where: V2, Teknikringen 76, KTH, Stockholm (Map)
Registration fee: 1000 SEK which includes coffees, lunch-box and buffet dinner.

Registration deadline April 16. 

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis Fall Issue

The Fall 2017 issue of the JBCA features 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.

SBCA Newsletter - March 2018