Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

June 2013 News & Announcements

Message from the President

Dear SBCA Members,

We have several reasons to celebrate. First, we had an excellent conference in February—interesting and informative panels, excellent attendance, a provocative address from Professor Arnold C. Harberger (UCLA), much informal exchange among the attendees, and a very enjoyable dinner courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation. Second, Professors Richard Zerbe (University of Washington) and Scott Farrow (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) have co-edited a new book on Principles and Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis. It should be a very useful reference for all of us.

Your board will continue to address important issues for the Society over the summer. One of these issues, policies for institutional memberships and sponsorships, should be resolved soon. When policies are finalized, the board will seek your help in implementing them, so, in the meantime, please keep on good terms with whoever controls the purse in your organization!

We also hope to secure a new editorial home for the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. Scott Farrow has done an excellent job in launching and nourishing a high quality and useful journal, but he wishes to step down when he completes his term as editor. If you or a colleague has any interest in the editorship, please do not hesitate to contact Scott, me, or other board members. We hope to make a formal call for proposals sometime this summer.

Let me urge you to renew your own membership and to sign up a colleague.


Dave Weimer
President, Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis
Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Open Call for Nominations for SBCA Board and Vice President

Interested in becoming more involved in SBCA activities? We hope you will consider running for our board of directors or for vice president. (See current and previous board members.) The board is responsible for the governance of the Society; members serve on selected committees and participate in periodic conference calls and meetings. The vice president chairs the program committee for our annual meeting as well as the nominating committee, and automatically becomes the next president. Nominations are due no later than July 1, 2013, and should be emailed to SBCA Vice President Lisa Robinson. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number, as well as a brief (250 words or under) biographical statement summarizing your qualifications. Potential candidates will be reviewed by the nominating committee (Lisa Robinson, Trudy Cameron, and Kip Viscusi) for election in fall 2013.

Upcoming Sponsored Sessions at WEAI, SRA

The Society is sponsoring sessions at the upcoming Western Economic Association (WEAI) and Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) annual conferences. Learn more.

Principles and Standards Book Release

Principles and Standard for Benefit-Cost Analysis, co-edited by Richard Zerbe, Society founder and past president, and Scott Farrow, editor of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, has been published by Edward Elgar. Their book supports the emergence of a professional culture adhering to a set of principles and standards that can be used to identify useful analytical processes and to discard less useful ones.

Increasing the Utility of Benefit-Cost Analysis: Fifth Annual Conference and Meeting

Student Services Staff

More than 170 scholars, practitioners, and consultants working in the field of benefit-cost analysis attended the February conference in Washington, D.C.
View conference photos and download presentations, and stay tuned for 2014 conference dates.

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

Volume 4, Issue 1 of the Journal of Benefit–Cost Analysis is now available for online access.

The Society will soon be searching for a new editor and new editorial home for the journal. Anyone who might be interested in taking on this important role should not hesitate to contact us. A formal call will go out soon.

Renew your Membership for 2013

Benefits of individual and institutional membership include online access to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, reduced rates of admission to the annual conference, the opportunity to vote in elections and participate on committees, and inclusion in a group of scholars and practitioners working at the leading edge of this expanding field. Renew online now.

Did You Know? Online Resources

The Society’s website includes a listing of benefit-cost analysis resources and employment opportunities. To suggest an addition, post a job opening, or ask a question, please contact us at

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