Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Spring 2013 News & Activities

Message from the President

Thank you to all those who attended, presented at, or otherwise contributed to our fifth annual conference and meeting, Increasing the Utility of Benefit-Cost Analysis, which took place in Washington, D.C. on February 21 and 22. In our largest conference to date, we had a full program of 24 panels covering a broad range of topics in regulation, environmental and social policy, and methods and practice. Arnold Harberger's keynote address drew a full house, and attendees all enjoyed a very nice dinner on Thursday evening thanks to the MacArthur Foundation. Please visit our conference webpage to take a look at photos from the event and download select presentations.

The Society will be putting panels together for two additional upcoming conferences: the Western Economic Association International in June in Seattle, and the APPAM Fall Research Conference in November in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in presenting on a benefit-cost analysis panel at either one of these conferences, please email to inquire.

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


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

Over 170 scholars, practitioners, and consultants working in the field of benefit-cost analysis attended the February conference in Washington, D.C.

Do you have feedback for the organizers? Use the online evaluation form to send your comments.

View conference photos and download presentations on the conference webpage, and stay tuned for 2014 dates.


Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

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

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.


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


Renew Your Membership for 2013

We now offer institutional memberships for companies, organizations, and universities. Welcome to our first institutional member, The Urban Institute. For more details and to sign up, visit our membership page.

Benefits of individual and institutional membership include online access to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 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. Renew online now.

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