Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

October 2013 News & Announcements

Message from the President

Dear SBCA Members,

We are pleased to remind you that our 2014 annual conference will be held March 13–14 in Washington, D.C. We invite you propose a paper or panel presentation at the conference or propose a professional development workshop in conjunction with the conference. We look forward to another successful conference and rely on your involvement to make it happen.

The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA) is now officially accepting proposals for the next three-year term of editorship. The Society seeks an editor committed to serving the needs of not just researchers, but also of practitioners and teachers of benefit-cost analysis. Please spread the word about this opportunity to your colleagues and networks.

The Society recently launched new membership levels for institutions and organizations, offering more visibility and greater opportunities to connect. We welcome your feedback on membership levels and benefits and look forward to welcoming many of our long-time supporters as charter affiliates.

Society members, it is almost time for the annual election of board members. Please keep an eye out for your electronic ballot in November.


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

Benefit-Cost Analysis for Evidence-Based Decision Making: Sixth Annual Conference and Meeting

The sixth annual conference will be held March 13–14, 2014 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, D.C. Preconference professional development workshops will be held during the afternoon of March 12. Registration and hotel information will be available shortly.

Get involved:

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis Seeks New Editor

The JBCA provides a forum for scholars to share innovative research that advances the theory and technique of benefit-cost analysis. In addition, it provides reviews, demonstrations, applications, and other types of articles that have value to practitioners and teachers of benefit-cost analysis. The SBCA is seeking a new editor to serve a three-year term beginning in January 2014. For more details, download the call for proposals (31 KB PDF), visit our website, or email

Harberger Prize Awarded to Greenberg, Deitch, and Hamilton

The JBCA is pleased to announce that the 2013 Arnold Harberger Prize for Retrospective Analysis Award has been given to David Greenberg, Victoria Deitch, and Gayle Hamilton for their synthesis of welfare-to-work studies (JBCA, Vol. 1, Issue 1). Established in honor of Professor Harberger’s legacy of benefit-cost work with high standards for relevance and impact, the award includes a $2,100 honorarium. Honorable mention was given to Chris Rohlfs for his study of the benefits and costs of the military draft. The selection committee was comprised of Robert Haveman (chair), Arnold Harberger, and Glenn Jenkins. These and other articles can be downloaded from the JBCA website.

Become an Organizational Affiliate or Individual Member

Individuals may join or renew their membership for 2014 at rates from $25 to $120 per year.

Organizations may now become Supporters, Patrons, or Benefactors for amounts ranging from $500 to $7,500, with benefits that vary depending on membership level. In recognition of organizational commitment during these early years, organizations joining at the Benefactor or Patron level in 2014 will gain special recognition as Charter Affiliates of the Society at events and in publications. Learn more about membership benefits on our website or download the new membership matrix (48 KB PDF).

2013 Institutional Members:
Matrix Knowledge
The Urban Institute
LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Founding Organization: Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting

Please join us for the following SBCA sessions at the SRA Annual Meeting on December 8-11 in Baltimore, MD:

  • Who Benefits? Measuring the Distribution of Risk Policy Impacts
  • New and Improved Regulatory Impact Analysis
  • Does Regulation Kill Jobs? Authors of a New Book Discuss the Evidence and Policy Responses
  • Tightening the Connection Between Risk Assessment, Decisions and Outcomes
  • Evaluating the Risk Reduction Outcomes of Regulation
  • Improving Maritime Risk Estimates Supporting Federal Regulatory and Policy Decisions

Did You Know? Journal Access for Members

As a reminder, your SBCA membership gives you access to the JBCA (new issue out in August; forthcoming issue in December). On the SBCA membership page, follow the link for “Access the Journal” header. You will then be able to download papers, but must use that link each time you access the journal.

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