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October 11, 2017

By Lynn A. Karoly

Since its founding in 2007, the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) has sought to engage scholars and practitioners from across the world. The Society’s current rolls count members from 35 countries. In support of expanding the Society’s international scope, the SBCA co-sponsored a workshop on September 20, 2017—together with the University of Milan and the Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL)—titled “The Role of CBA in Government Decisionmaking: International Perspectives.” The workshop was held in conjunction with the annual Milan Summer School on Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects organized by SBCA board member Massimo Florio and CSIL. 

October 9, 2017

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis co-sponsored four events last month:

Benefit Cost Analysis: Advancing Analysis Workshop on September 7

The USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) and the SBCA co-sponsored “Benefit Cost Analysis: Advancing Analysis Workshop” on September 7. The workshop consisted of four sessions of papers from the two most recent SBCA conferences that are especially relevant to the economists who develop regulatory impact analyses in support of rulemaking. The topics of the sessions ranged from specific analyses to support regulations (e.g., behavioral responses to health information and warnings), through valuation methods for informed decision making (e.g., applying VSL when persons choose risk or care about risks to others), and finally through retrospective benefit cost analyses of rules (e.g., retrospective review of DOE’s energy efficiency standards). The issues discussed were especially timely considering the new requirements of the Executive Order 13771. The workshop also served to introduce regulatory economists to the SBCA and its vast resources.

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August 14, 2017

The USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) invites you to “Benefit Cost Analysis: Advancing Analysis Workshop”, co-sponsored by the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis (SBCA) on September 7th, 2017 from 9 am to 3:00 pm, at the USDA Whitten Building, Room 108A, 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.

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August 9, 2017

Please join the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Administrative Conference of the United States for a discussion on “New Developments in Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis” on September 29 from 1:00 - 6:30 pm at the George Washington University School of Law.

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May 8, 2017

You are invited to attend an international workshop titled The Role of CBA in Government Decision-making: International Perspectives, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Milan, Italy. It is organized by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA), the University of Milan, and the Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL).

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March 30, 2017

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Ninth Annual Conference and Meeting took place on March 15-17 in Washington, DC.

Thank you to all who attended! We had a record registration of approximately 320 conference attendees from 16 countries, and appreciate all that you did to help make this year's events so successful and productive. 

January 17, 2017

Southern Economic Association (SEA) Annual Meeting:

SBCA organized a panel at the Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting on Monday, November 21, which was chaired by Tim Brennan (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) on “Policy Analysis for Uncertain Events” with remarks from:

  • Jim Scouras (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab) on “Nuclear War as a Global Catastrophic Risk”
  • Ali Gungor (U.S. Coast Guard) on “How to Regulate for ‘Black Swan’ Events? Capturing the Highly Unlikely in a Regulatory Context”
  • Susan Dudley (The George Washington University) on “Dynamic Benefit-Cost Analyses for Uncertain Futures”
  • Jonathan Wiener (Duke University) on "The Tragedy of the Uncommons: On the Politics of Apocalypse"

The discussant was Joe Cordes (The George Washington University).

The photo above shows SBCA leaders, from left to right: JBCA Editor Glenn Blomquist and SBCA Assistant Treasurer Ali Gungor.

 

November 8, 2016

Leading regulatory and judicial experts gathered in Washington, DC on October 11 for a symposium on judicial review of benefit-cost analysis sponsored by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, the American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law and the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center. Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein provided keynote remarks, followed by an expert panel moderated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Williams.

The panelists offered different perspectives on how the courts have considered benefit-cost analysis when reviewing regulations under various statutes, how well judges have evaluated agencies’ regulatory impact analyses, and the appropriate level of judicial deference to agency actions. 

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