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Submit an Abstract for the SRA Annual Meeting (due May 8)

April 8, 2015

SBCA is again co-sponsoring symposia with the SRA's Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group (EBASG) at the 2015 SRA Annual Meeting, December 6 -10, 2015. EBASG focuses on the use of economic analyses to support risk-management decisions. Our goals include encouraging better integration between risk assessors, economists, and others involved in risk-management decisions. If you are interested in submitting a symposium or an individual paper with SBCA sponsorship, contact SBCA Past President, Lisa Robinson, or Secretary, Elisabeth Gilmore, by May 8 and before submitting to the SRA. For more information about the meeting and the abstract requirements, download SRA’s call for papers.

A Landmark Issue of the Journal of Cost-Benefit Analysis

April 22, 2015

Editors Glenn C. Blomquist and William H. Hoyt along with the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis are delighted to announce the publication of the first issue of Volume 6 (2015) of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

This issue contains a collection of invited articles and represents the inaugural issue of the new publishing partnership with Cambridge University Press. The full issue is available online here, and will be free for all to access through 2015. 

Record Turnout for SBCA 2015 Conference and Workshops

April 1, 2015
 
The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting took place on March 18-20 in Washington, DC.
 
Thank you to all who participated! We had a record turnout of 56 registrations for four pre-conference professional development workshops and 280 registrations for the conference, a 40% increase over 2014. Participants traveled from 14 international countries, as well as 24 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and represented academic, government and private organizations.
 
Presentations in 40 program sessions covered topics related to regulation, health policy, transportation project assessments, climate policy, retrospective benefit-cost analysis and more, and SBCA President W. Kip Viscusi gave a keynote address on the topic of "Pricing Lives for Government and Corporate Risk Decisions." 
 
During the conference, Lisa Robinson received the 2015 Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award, and David Weimer received the 2015 JBCA Award for extraordinary contributions to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 
 

JBCA issue on climate change featured in EPA newsletter

March 9. 2015
 

The article Challenges in Applying the Paradigm of Welfare Economics to Climate Change by Fran Sussman, Christopher P. Weaver, and Anne Grambsch, was highlighted in the March 2015 edition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air, Climate, and Energy Research Newsletter. The article was originally published in the December 2014 special issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis on climate change. Click here to access the special issue online.

Meet our new Executive Director

February 12, 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis has hired a new Executive Director, Erika Dowd. Erika joins the SBCA with a background in nonprofit management and public policy. She has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and most recently worked as the Director of Development for ReSurge International, an international medical organization based in the Bay Area. Erika and her family have recently relocated to the Seattle area and she started work with the SBCA in late November. She is enjoying getting back into the policy world and looks forward to meeting our members at the conference in March. 

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