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2017 October Newsletter Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis /Conference Proposal Deadline Oct 13tjh

Posted on October 12, 2017 - 11:26 AM CDT

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FYI – This society was one of the groups participating in the September discussion forum on the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Deadline for proposals for their spring conference is October 13th.

Info on membership and subscribing to their newsletter is below.

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October 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!

SBCA Sessions at SRA Annual Meeting

SBCA Sessions at SRA Annual Meeting

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is sponsoring several sessions at the SRA Annual Meeting in December. Please find the full list of sessions here

Please visit the SRA Annual Meeting website for more information. 

Upcoming Events

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 2018 Organizational Affiliate and for a list of past Affiliates.

Newsletter Contents

2018 Conference and Workshops - Submissions due 10/13!

The deadline for the call for presentations, panels, and workshops for the 2018 SBCA Annual Meeting is this Friday, October 13 . Please visit our website for more details and to submit your proposals: 

The Program Committee will be reviewing the submissions and organizing the meeting sessions. Notifications will be sent by mid-December. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Erika Dowd at

Conference registration is now open

NEW EVENT: Caucus Breakfast at APPAM Conference

Don Kenkel, SBCA Vice President, will be chairing a “ Caucus Breakfast ” discussion of “New Developments in Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis.” It will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017: 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago
The Caucus will provide APPAM conference participants a chance to learn about the new developments in regulatory BCA and to brainstorm ideas about the implications for research and policy. Don Kenkel of Cornell University (SBCA Vice President) will provide a brief introduction about President Trump’s Executive Orders regarding offsetting the number and cost of new regulations through de-regulatory actions and on enforcing the regulatory reform agenda.

For more information, see here

SBCA Events in September

SBCA co-sponsored four events last month: 

  • Symposium: New Developments in Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis on September 29
    The event featured 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. We are excited to announce that a video of this event  is now available on the SBCA website. 
  • Discussion Forum: Building on the Recommendations of the Commission of Evidence-Based Policymaking on September 21
    This discussion forum  presented 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.
  • Workshop: The role of CBA in government decision-making: international perspectives on September 20 in Milan, Italy
    The workshop acted as a forum to discuss benefit-cost analysis (CBA) practices worldwide by bringing together institutional stakeholders, academics and practitioners. See the blog post below for more details.
  • Benefit Cost Analysis: Advancing Analysis Workshop on September 7
    The workshop consisted of four sessions of papers from the two most recent SBCA conferences that are especially relevant to the economists who develop regulatory impact analyses in support of rulemaking. 

Please visit our website to learn more.


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 overview of the recent CBA workshop in Milan (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!

[Not] Lost in Translation: International Perspectives on Benefit-Cost Analysis

By Lynn A. Karoly

Since its founding in 2007, the  Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA)  has sought to engage scholars and practitioners from across the world. The Society’s current rolls count members from 35 countries. In support of expanding the Society’s international scope, the SBCA co-sponsored a workshop on September 20, 2017—together with the University of Milan and the Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL)—titled “ The Role of CBA in Government Decisionmaking: International Perspectives .” The workshop was held in conjunction with the annual  Milan Summer School on Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects  organized by SBCA board member Massimo Florio and CSIL. 


Lynn A. Karoly is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and the current president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. Her research focuses on child and family well-being, human capital investments, economic disparities, social welfare policy, and labor market behavior. 

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Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis New Issue

The Summer 2018 issue of the JBCA is available now and includes 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 through the SBCA Memberleap portal; please  contact us with any questions.

SBCA Newsletter - October 2017

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