Call for Submissions - 2020 Conference and Workshops

Call for Submissions - 2020 Conference 

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is accepting abstracts and workshop proposals for participation in our 2020 annual conference to me held March 16-17, 2020. Abstracts and proposals are due by September 30, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be made by November 15, 2019.

The SBCA is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of benefit-cost analysis. We welcome submissions that support the enhanced use of such analysis to promote evidence-based decision making. We define benefit-cost analysis broadly, including cost analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, risk-benefit analysis, applied welfare economics, damage assessment and other methods.

Our annual conference is an opportunity for dialog and the exchange of ideas. Join hundreds of fellow analysts in sessions about both the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis. The conference looks to include both results from completed analyses as well as discussions of emerging issues from works in progress. Sessions will also address effective approaches for teaching benefit-cost analysis and new evidence and methods that can be used by established practitioners.

We are particularly interested in papers that address this year’s conference theme: Promoting Objectivity & Relevance in Benefit-Cost Analysis.  Policy decisions are often made in highly charged environments subject to many competing interests. Our challenge as benefit-cost analysts is to inform those decisions so that all stakeholders can understand their choices and the implications of selecting any specific option. Doing so requires us not only to bring the best analytical tools to bear, but to explain our results clearly and succinctly.

Applications in any public policy area are encouraged. For example, proposals may be in such areas as:

·           Data and data security

·           Education and training

·           Energy, natural resources, and environment

·           Finance and financial markets

·           Food and agriculture

·           Health, health insurance, and health care

·           International trade and development

·           Policing and criminal/civil justice 

·           Safety and security

·           Social welfare programs

·           State and local policy

·           Technology

·         Transportation and infrastructure

·         Workforce and workplace

Presentation/panel abstracts

You may submit an abstract for a presentation or organize a full panel. A full panel may consist of a chair and either four presentations and a single discussant, or three presentations and two to three discussants. Individual presentations or panels may address the link between theory and practice, the methods used to estimate particular types of costs or benefits, the application of BCA to specific case studies, the role of BCA in decision making or any other relevant topic. We welcome submissions from scholars, practitioners, and others working in academia, nonprofits, business and government around the world. Abstracts must be between 300-500 words in length and clearly describe the research.

Please see the Presentation/Panel Abstract Instructions  for more information about the elements required for presentation proposal submission. 


Interested in helping your colleagues develop new skills or learn about new topics? We welcome workshop proposals on any topic related to benefit-cost analysis that will be of interest to others working in this field. Workshops may address basic skills or emerging issues. Topics of interest to those working in academia, government, industry, or nonprofits, in the U.S. or elsewhere, are welcome. Examples include:

  • Basic skills related to conducting specific types of analysis
  • Current theoretical and methodological developments
  • Recent findings in particular policy areas
  • Approaches for effective communication of analytic results

The date for the workshops will be Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

Workshops may be either a full day or half-day. Workshops may be designed as mini-courses, panel discussions, highly interactive conversations, or other formats. Innovative approaches are welcome. Workshops may not be used for commercial purposes and must provide a balanced perspective. Examples of workshops offered last year can be found here

Please see the Workshop Proposal Instructions for more information about the elements required for workshop proposal submission and the SBCA Workshop budget Worksheet.