Successful SBCA Conference and Workshops

March 23, 2016

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Eighth Annual Conference and Meeting took place on March 16-18 in Washington, DC.

Thank you to all who participated! We had a record turnout of 300 conference attendees and nearly 50 pre-conference professional development workshop attendees. Participants traveled from 10 international countries, as well as 24 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and represented academic, government and private organizations.

Presentations in 39 program sessions covered topics related to regulation, health policy, transportation project assessments, climate policy, retrospective benefit-cost analysis and more. Presentation abstracts and select slides are available on our website here

On Thursday, SBCA President Susan Dudley moderated a keynote discussion with Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma and Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Chairman & Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs & Federal Management, Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, on the topic of benefit-cost analysis and regulatory reform. Articles about the keynote address were featured in Bloomberg BNA, Forbes and GW Today. Video of the address is available on YouTube

We were pleased to award Professor Arnold Harberger the inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award for sustained outstanding achievement in the field of benefit-cost analysis. The Board also surprised SBCA Executive Director Erika Dowd with the 2016 Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award recognizing her exceptional performance, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis editors awarded Cambridge University Press editor Gillian Greenough the 2016 JBCA Award for extraordinary contributions to the Journal.

Thank you to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its continuing and substantial support of the conference, as well as the GW Regulatory Studies Center, American Chemistry Council and StataCorp for helping to sponsor conference activities. 

Conference photos are posted on our Facebook page

Interested in serving on next year's program and/or workshop committees? Email

Save the date for next year's conference and workshops: March 15-17, 2017 in Washington, DC.