2018 Annual Conference

Conference and Meeting: March 15-16, 2018

Pre-conference Professional Development Workshops: March 14, 2018

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis.

This year's conference will feature a keynote address by Tomas Philipson, Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors.

For more information about our 2018 workshops, see here


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Call for Submissions

The call for submissions is now closed. If you are looking to submit a late proposal, please contact events@benefitcostanalysis.org for the submission portal link. 

For workshop submissions, please see here for more information. 


Online registration is now open.

2018 conference registration rates are as follows:

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (before February 15, 2018 11:59 PM EST)

  • $335 for 2018 Society members
  • $500 for non-members
  • $150 for 2018 student members or students enrolled full-time at a 2018 Organizational Affiliate

REGULAR REGISTRATION (from February 16 through March 13, 2018, 11:59 PM EST)

  • $415 for 2018 Society members
  • $580 for non-members
  • $175 for 2018 student members or students enrolled at a 2018 Organizational Affiliate

ON-SITE REGISTRATION (after March 14, 2018)

  • $495 for 2018 Society members
  • $660 for non-members
  • $200 for 2018 student members or students enrolled at a 2018 Organizational Affiliate

Conference registration includes breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments on Thursday and Friday, along with three receptions (Wednesday - Friday evenings). Fees are used in part to cover food and alcoholic beverages for the activities mentioned above. 


Any cancellation requests must be received via telephone or by email by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2018 to be eligible for a refund of the entire registration fee. Cancellation requests received after 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2018 and before 11:59 p.m. EST on February 19, 2018 will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee. After 11:59 p.m. EST on February 19, the registrant shall be liable for the full registration fee. Refunds will not be given for no-shows. Email inquiries to events@benefitcostanalysis.org or phone 703.234.4095.

Preliminary Program


Event Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to support the Society and highlight the role of your organization by sponsoring a conference event, for amounts ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. To sponsor a conference event please complete and return the event sponsorship form below as soon as possible. Sponsorship opportunities are limited.

SBCA18 Sponsorship Opportunities_Final.pdf

Exhibitor and Advertising Opportunities

If you are interested in demonstrating products, software, books or journals and attracting new students, employees, and clients, consider advertising or exhibiting with us. To submit a request for advertisement or exhibition table please complete and return the commitment form below. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2018.

SBCA18 Exhibitor and Advertiser Opportunities_Final.pdf

Conference Venue and Hotel


The Marvin Center at the George Washington University (red pin in map below)

800 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20052


Melrose Georgetown Hotel (blue pin in map below)

2430 Pennsylvania Ave NE, Washignton, DC 20037

Rooms in the SBCA block can be reserved for $242/night using this link: SBCA room reservations. The deadline for booking a room in the block is February 16, 2018

2018 Program Committee

  • Don Kenkel, Chair (Cornell University)
  • Daniel Acland (University of California - Berkeley)
  • Mark Cohen (Vanderbilt University)
  • Joseph Devlin (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
  • Mark Dickie (University of Central Florida)
  • Chris Dockins (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Elisabeth Gilmore (Clark University)
  • Sandy Hoffmann (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • Margaret Kuklinski (University of Washington)
  • David Luskin (U.S. Federal Highway Administration)
  • Kyle Rozema (University of Chicago Law School)
  • Judy Temple (University of Minnesota)
  • Emile Quinet (Ecole des Ponts-Paris)
  • W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt University)
  • Daniel Wilmoth (U.S. Small Business Administration)