2007 Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference

The 2007 Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference was held Friday, May 18-19, 2007 in Seattle, Washington.

Conference Agenda

Friday, May 18, 2007

  • Plenary Session and Opening Remarks
    • Sandra Archibald - Dean, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
    • Richard O. Zerbe Jr. - Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Session 1: Case Studies in Benefit-Cost Analysis
    • "Transportation Benefit-Cost Analysis: It's the Inputs, Stupid!" by Chris Williges
    • "Using Industrial Operating Models to Make Cost Benefit Analysis Feasible: Benefits of Day Ahead Temperature Forecast in Electricity Generation" by Rodney Weiher
  • Conversation: Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis
    • Creating a Benefit-Cost Society
    • Election of Officers
  • Session 2: Benefit-Cost Analysis Methodology
    • "Using Kaldor-Hicks Tableaus for Distributional Accounting in Cost-Benefit Analysis" by Kerry Krutilla
    • "A New Benefit-Cost Analysis" by Richard Zerbe
    • "Some Next Steps Toward An Integrated System of Cost-Benefit Analysis" by Arnold Harberger
  • Session 3: More Case Studies in Benefit-Cost Analysis
    • "Cost-benefit analysis of hospital room sizes - comparing single occupancy with dual occupancy" by Anthony Boardman
    • "Galactosemia: Testing Newborn Infants for Metabolic Disorders" by Cathy Carruthers
    • "Trade Offs Between Imports and Production Quotas" by Andrew Schmitz
    • Scott Bird
  • Session 4: Benefit-Cost Analysis and Regulation
    • "What We Can Learn from the 'Stern Report' About Best Practices in Regulatory BCA" by Daniel Cole
    • "What Welfare Economics Has to Say About Allocation of Fixed Costs of Regulation" by Richard Just

Saturday, May 19 2007

  • Session 5: Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Environment
    • "Virtual Economics and Distant Use Value" by Scott Farrow
    • "Gain/Loss Disparities and the Reference State: Manipulations and Valuing Cleanups and Climate Change" by Jack Knetsch
    • Cost-Effective Conservation by Mark Plummer
  • Closing Remarks
    • Richard Zerbe