May 2018 Newsletter
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A Call for Nominations for Board of Directors!

Interested in becoming more involved in SBCA activities? Consider running to be a member of the Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the governance of the Society; members serve on selected committees and participate in periodic conference calls and meetings.

Current and previous members are listed online.

The Board is also seeking nominations for Vice President and Assistant Treasurer. For more information click here. 

Nominations are due no later than June 1, 2018, and should be emailed to  


Case Studies Sought to Test Methodological Guidance

To follow-up on the session on “Methods for Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” at the SBCA 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference, the project team is seeking case studies to test and demonstrate the methodological recommendations. Case studies are due by May 31, 2018. More information on the overall project is available here; detailed instructions for the case studies are available here. Questions? Please email us at:

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 (Spring 2018 Issue,  now available)
•    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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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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Save the Date!

SBCA's 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting will be held on 
March 13 – 15, 2019 in 
Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more details. 

This conference provides an opportunity for Society members and others in the field to present and explore cutting-edge scholarship.


On Balance: Two Officers of the SBCA Provide Their Perspectives on this Year's Annual Conference and Workshops

Two officers of the SBCA provide their perspectives on this year's annual conference and workshops, which were held March 14-16 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC

Report from the SBCA President on the 2018 Annual Conference and The Plenary Presentation by Tomas Philipson 

It was my honor to preside over the 2018 SBCA Conference held March 14 – 16 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I am happy to report that by all indications it was another successful conference...continue reading here

- Donald S. Kenkel, President of SBCA 

Attending the SBCA Annual Conference: A Perspective from a Recent Ph.D. 

This year, for the first time, I attended the Annual SBCA Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C. on March 14-16, 2018. As a relatively new member of the SBCA community and first time SBCA Conference attendee, I was delighted by the breadth and depth of the presentations and discussions...continue reading here 

- Dan Hudson, Secretary of SBCA 


2018 Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Workshop in Stockholm Highlights

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis supported a CBA workshop in Stockholm in April 2018. The prime focus was on challenges for transport sector CBA:

"A workshop on Benefit-Cost Analysis was organized in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 25-26. About 60 participants from ministries, governmental agencies, academia, etc., mainly from Sweden but also other countries, listened to speakers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Motivated by the article on Economic Analysis and Investment Priorities in Sweden’s Transport Sector in the last issue (Vol. 9(1)) of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, the objective of the workshop was to critically discuss issues related to how BCA is and should be implemented in the transport sector, but also experiences from the environmental sector were covered. SBCA sponsored the coffee breaks." - Henrik Andersson, Board Member, Toulouse School of Economics

Click here to learn more about the conference. 


The Spring Issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis is here!

 The Spring edition of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis is here! 
  • “Valuing Ecological Improvements in the Chesapeake Bay and the Importance of Ancillary Benefits” by Chris Moore, Dennis Guignet, Chris Dockins, Kelly B. Maguire and Nathalie B. Simon

  • “Environmental Benefit-Cost Analysis and the National Accounts” by Nicholas Z. Muller

  • “Welfare Analysis: Bridging the Partial and General Equilibrium Divide for Policy Analysis” by Scott Farrow and Adam Rose

  • “Application of BCA in Europe – Experiences and Challenges” by Henrik Andersson (Open Access)

  • “Environmental Valuation and Benefit-Cost Analysis in U.K. Policy” by Giles Atkinson, Ben Groom, Nicholas Hanley and Susana Mourato

  • “Economic Analysis and Investment Priorities in Sweden’s Transport Sector” by Henrik Andersson, Lars Hultkrantz, Gunnar Lindberg and Jan-Eric Nilsson

  • “Cost-Benefit Analysis and European Union Cohesion Policy: Economic Versus Financial Returns in Investment Project Appraisal” by Massimo Florio, Valentina Morretta and Witold Willak

  • “Benefit-Cost Analysis in EU Chemicals Legislation: Experiences from over 100 REACH Applications for Authorisation” by Stavros Georgiou, Christoph M. Rheinberger and Matti Vainio

All SBCA members receive complimentary access to the JBCA through the SBCA Memberleap portal.


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SBCA Newsletter - May 2018 Newsletter