2009 Annual Conference and Meeting: Advancing the Practice of Benefit-Cost Analysis

The second annual meeting of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis was held October 20–21, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Participants came from academia, private industry, nonprofit organizations, and government offices. Presenters for 11 panels shared cutting-edge scholarship in the areas of education, public health, applications of benefit-cost analysis, the environment, transportation, energy, and benefit-cost analysis theory and methods. The Society’s annual meeting of the membership featured impromptu remarks by Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis President Dr. Arnold Harberger, in addition to the generation of ideas for broadening benefit-cost analysis’ appeal and application.

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, October 20

  • Panel 1: Social Policy I
    Chair: Lynn Karoly, RAND Corporation
    • The Rate of Return to the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program by James J. Heckman, Seong Hyeok Moon, Rodrigo Pinto, Peter Savelyev, and Adam Yavitz
    • Deriving Benefit-Costs Analyses from Social Experiments: Challenges and Opportunities by Stephen H. Bell
    • A Synthesis of Benefit-Cost Studies of Welfare-to-Work Programs (1.75 MB PDF) by Victoria Deitch and David Greenberg
  • Panel 2: Public Health
    Chair: James K. Hammitt, Harvard University
    • Foodborne Disease Surveillance Cost Benefit Analysis by Robert L. Scharff
    • A Hedonic Estimation of Benefits from Anti-Smoking Laws by Ramanan Laxminarayan, Shawn Magnuson, and Juha Siikamaki
  • Panel 3: Applications
    Chair: Clive Belfield, Queens College
    • The Challenges of Homeland Security Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Illustrative Example by Katie Foreman and Bryan Roberts
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Real Estate Development Projects by Kenneth Acks

Wednesday, October 21

  • Panel 4: Water Planning
    Chair: Scott Farrow, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
  • Panel 5: CBA and Governance
    Chair: Daniel Cole, Indiana University
    • A Practical Guide for the Intensity of Effort in Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis by Richard A Williams, Jr. and Richard B. Belzer
    • CBA for the Environment - A Handbook for Economists at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency by Scott Cole and Katarina Östberg
    • The Use of Benefit-Cost Analysis in Four States by Stuart Shapiro and Debra Borie-Holtz
  • Panel 6: Social Policy II
    Chair: Glenn P. Jenkins, Queens University and Eastern Mediterranean University
    • Cost-Effectiveness in Early Childhood Development Programs: A Synthesis and Critique of Evidence in the First Decade of Life by Arthur Reynolds, Judy Temple, and Barry White
    • Estimating the Social Value of Higher Education: Willingness to Pay for Community and Technical Colleges by Glenn C. Blomquist, Paul A. Coomes, Christopher Jepsen, Brandon C. Koford, and Kenneth R. Troske
    • Benefits and Costs of Slot Machine Gambling: A Forecast for Maryland by Scott Farrow
  • Panel 7: Climate Change
    Chair: Richard B. Belzer, Regulatory Checkbook
  • Panel 8: Theory and Methods I
    Chair: Nandita Dasgupta, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
    • Implications of a Weaker form of Complementarity by Jon Neill
    • The Discount Rate for Public Projects by Richard O. Zerbe, Jr.
    • The Role of Pareto and Compensation Principles in Benefit-Cost Analysis by Andrew Schmitz
  • Meeting of the Society
    Meeting minutes (168KB PDF)
  • Panel 9: Theory and Methods II
    Chair: David Ballard, GRA, Inc.
  • Panel 10: Energy
    Chair: Joseph Cordes, The George Washington University
  • Panel 11: Transportation
    Chair: Chair Adam Sicking, Economics Team Leader, Regulatory Development and Economic Analysis
    • Dulles Silver Line Metro: Cost Benefit Analysis Revisited by Nandita Dasgupta
    • Quantifying the Public- and Private-Sector Benefit of PPP Toll Road Projects by Lei Zhang
    • Benefit Cost Analysis of a Multiple Agency, Multiple Stakeholder Federal Investment Program: The NextGen Transformation of Air Traffic Control by David Ballard