Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Winter 2013 News & Activities

Message from the President

Congratulations to Sandra Archibald (University of Washington), Jennifer Baxter (Industrial Economics, Inc.), Susan Dudley (George Washington University), Donald Kenkel (Cornell University), and Anne Smith (NERA Economic Consulting) for their election to the SBCA board. They join continuing board members Tony Homan (Department of Transportation) and Clark Nardinelli (Food and Drug Administration).

Also, congratulations to Lisa Robinson (Harvard University), our new vice president and president-elect, and to Richard Belzer (Regulatory Checkbook), our returning secretary/treasurer. Please join me in thanking Trudy Cameron, Elena Ryan, Kip Viscusi, and Dale Whittington for their service on the board, and Glenn Jenkins for his service as past president. Also, thanks to Joe Cordes for his service as president and his continuing service as past president.

It will be a very important year for the Society. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, we are engaging in a strategic planning exercise to map out alternatives ensuring that the Society can continue its important role in improving and promoting the use of benefit-cost analysis to inform and contribute to better public policy.

After excellent service to the Society in launching our journal, Scott Farrow has indicated that he would like to step down from the editorship. Consequently, the Society will soon be searching for a new editor and new editorial home for the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. Anyone who might be interested in taking on this important role should not hesitate to contact us. A formal call will go out soon.

I hope to see you at the 2013 Annual Conference and Meeting, which will be held February 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C. We have a full program of 24 panels covering a broad range of topics in regulation, environmental and social policy, and methods. We still have a few openings for chairs and discussants––volunteers welcome!

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

Time to Renew Your Membership!

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 2013 and beyond by renewing your membership today. Benefits of membership include reduced rates of admission to the annual conference (including periodic special partnerships, like with APPAM in November 2012), 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.

Increasing the Utility of Benefit-Cost Analysis: Fifth Annual Conference and Meeting on Feb. 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

Find program, registration, and accommodation information on the conference webpage, or email us at for more details. We hope to see you there!

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

Volume 3, Issue 4 is now available for online access on the DeGruyter website.

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