Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Spring 2012 News and Activities

Board of Directors Election

In the election that took place online from May 7 to May 21, SBCA members selected a new vice president, David Weimer, professor of Public Affairs and Political Science at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. As vice president, David will work with the president, secretary/treasurer, and the rest of the board to help the Society prosper and grow, as well as organize the annual meeting. On January 1, 2013, David will automatically become president of the Society.

Three new board members were also elected: Anthony Homan, Clark Nardinelli, and Lisa Robinson . Thank you to our outgoing board members, Carol Bray, Scott Farrow, and Kerry Smith. We look forward to continued partnership with the individuals who served for the past two years and future success with the three new additions to the board.


Membership Renewals

Thanks to the support of its members, the Society has continued to grow and further the practice and use of benefit-cost analysis. We hope you will support the Society in 2012 and beyond by renewing your membership today. Benefits of membership include 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. Plus, now you can renew and pay online using a credit card.


Annual Conference Update

We are pleased to announce that we are in the midst of organizing a collaboration with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) annual conference. The SBCA will be adding several BCA-focused sessions for inclusion in the APPAM program, taking place from November 8-10 in Baltimore. Members of the SBCA who wish to attend the fall APPAM meetings and who are not APPAM members will be able to attend at the reduced members-only fee. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting new partnership, and save the date for APPAM in November.

Because of the relatively short timeline for organizing the SBCA sessions at APPAM, past President Richard Zerbe, current President Joseph Cordes, and Vice President David Weimer have been working to organize the APPAM panels. Although we are on a tight schedule, we would welcome paper proposals for this fall if they are received by Monday, June 18.

Some of you have inquired about the status of the SBCA annual meeting, which have been held in the fall of each year. In past years, a number of members have raised the possibility of switching these meetings from fall to spring, due to the fact that there are already multiple fall meetings of professional societies with overlapping interests which compete with the SBCA meeting. Accordingly, in 2013 we will experiment with holding the annual SBCA conference and meeting in February or March. SBCA will not be holding an annual meeting in fall 2012, but we invite our members to attend the APPAM conference instead (see above).


News and Announcements

Ongoing Collection of Benefit-Cost Analysis Studies: The Benefit-Cost Analysis Center (BCAC) at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, chaired by Dr. Richard Zerbe, will release a growing database of benefit-cost analysis studies on its website in summer 2012. The collection spans a variety of topics and will serve as a valuable resource to the field of benefit-cost analysis. If you would like to suggest a study for inclusion in the database, please send it to

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis: The editors of the JBCA are pleased to announce the latest issue with articles covering cases, theory, and applications by outstanding authors. SBCA members are entitled to free downloads of all JBCA content, and, of course, are encouraged to submit articles for upcoming issues online. We are still accepting article submissions for the Arnold Harberger Prize for Retrospective Analysis with a prize honorarium of at least $2,000. More information is provided in the downloadable flyer (pdf) and on the website.

Fellowship Opportunity at FDA: This mid-career fellowship at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products is open to scientists and researchers, legal and policy types, economists, and others who could be placed in the FDA Center for Tobacco Products' Office of Policy. The fellowship runs for 12 months, starting September 2012, and includes relocation expense reimbursements as well as a stipend. Details are available online here.

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