Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

April 2014 News & Announcements

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Sixth Annual Conference a Great Success

More than 200 people participated in the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) 2014 Annual Conference and Meeting March 13–14 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, D.C. Twenty-eight panels over two days featured practitioners and scholars from government, academia, and nonprofit and private sector organizations discussing a wide range of policies and methodological issues. In his keynote address, Richard Zeckhauser of Harvard University encouraged benefit-cost analysts to “soar,” identifying 10 main challenges to address. SBCA hosted its first pre-conference workshop and expects to substantially increase workshop offerings in future years. The receptions, breaks, and annual off-site dinner afforded fantastic networking opportunities. Longtime SBCA supporter the MacArthur Foundation once again funded the conference. Additional support was provided by the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Thank you to all who participated for making this our largest and most successful conference to date.

View the full conference agenda with photos and links to select presentations.

SBCA Honors Richard Zerbe with Creation of Distinguished Service Award and Announces Inaugural Recipients

To honor the work and dedication Richard Zerbe provided in founding SBCA, the Board of Directors created the Richard O. Zerbe, Jr. Distinguished Service Award and awarded it to Zerbe and Scott Farrow to recognize their many contributions. Zerbe and Farrow received the awards from SBCA Immediate Past President David Weimer and SBCA President Lisa Robinson at the annual membership meeting held during the annual conference last month.

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Support the SBCA and Become a 2014 Member

Please support SBCA by joining or renewing your membership, or providing an additional donation, online or by sending in the printable form (73 KB PDF). We also offer a number of opportunities for organizational affiliates and thank our charter members:

Econometrica, Incorporated
Exxon Mobil
GW Regulatory Studies Center
Industrial Economics, Incorporated

Environment Canada
Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell University
LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Matrix Knowledge
School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
Vanderbilt Law & Economics

Call for Nominations for SBCA Board, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer

Interested in becoming more involved in SBCA activities? Consider running for the Board of Directors, Vice President, or Secretary/Treasurer. (Current and previous members are listed online.) 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 succeeds the president. The secretary/treasurer is responsible for maintaining records of Board proceedings and accounting for SBCA funds. Nominations are due no later than July 1, 2014, and should be emailed to SBCA Vice President W. Kip Viscusi. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number, as well as a brief (250 words or fewer) biographical statement summarizing your qualifications. Potential candidates will be reviewed by the nominating committee (W. Kip Viscusi, Lynn Karoly, Clark Nardinelli, and Randall Lutter) for election in autumn 2014, with terms beginning in January 2015.

Abstracts Due May 21 for SBCA Sessions at the SRA Conference

SBCA is again cosponsoring symposia with the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group at SRA’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver from December 7–10, 2014. Please contact SBCA President Lisa Robinson if you are interested in submitting a symposium or an individual paper as part of a SBCA panel. When submitting SBCA sessions, please use SRA’s online form and, at the end of the abstract describing your symposium, indicate that the session is jointly sponsored by SBCA. Please also check the Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group as the primary specialty group on the form. For more information, download SRA’s call for papers.

Join SBCA at Upcoming WEAI Conferences

SBCA continues its involvement in the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) conferences, sponsoring presentations at its June 27–July 1, 2014 meeting in Denver. Current SBCA members may register at the WEAI member rate. SBCA will also be participating in WEAI’s 2015 conference in New Zealand. If you have questions about SBCA involvement in either conference, please contact SBCA Board Member Don Kenkel. More information is available online.


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