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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. 
 
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.

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. 

January 26, 2015

Cambridge University Press and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis hosted a Meet the Editors event at the Allied Social Sciences Association meetings in Boston, MA from 4:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, January 4, 2015. The reception took place at the Cambridge University Press booth (number 327) in the John B. Hynes Convention Center Exhibit Hall. Meeting attendees were able to meet JBCA Editors Glenn Blomquist and Bill Hoyt and Cambridge Senior Editor Gillian Greenough, and to hear more about our plans for the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis in 2015.

December 2, 2014

The Society is pleased to announce the results of its annual election, and to welcome several distinguished practitioners and scholars to its Board.  We thank all the members who participated in the voting process, and hope you will join us in congratulating the Society’s recently elected officers and new Board members for 2015.

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