Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis The Society of Benefit-Cost Analysis works to promote and improve the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis.
The Society of Benefit-Cost Analysis is an international, multi-disciplinary association working to promote and improve the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis. Our members work in government, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector and address a wide range of policy issues.

05/10/2019
Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government created a video montage of the JBCA Special Issue — Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Methods and Case Studies. Check out the 2019 JBCA Special issue here - http://bit.ly/2HcgqC4

Conducting Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Read the paper here: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/publications/awp/awp109

Investing in global health and development requires making difficult choices about what policies to pursue and what level of resources to devote to different initiatives. Methods of economic evaluation are well established and widely used to quantify and compare the impacts of alternative investments. However, if not well conducted and clearly reported, these evaluations can lead to erroneous conclusions. Differences in analytic methods and assumptions can obscure important differences in impacts. To increase the comparability of these evaluations, improve their quality, and expand their use, this special issue includes a series of papers developed to support reference case guidance for benefit-cost analysis. In this introductory article, the authors discuss the background and context for this work, summarize the process they are following, describe the overall framework, and introduce the articles that follow.

Browse M-RCBG’s complete Associate Working Paper series here: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/publications/awp

SBCA has posted the 2019 Conference Abstracts! View them here - https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-conference-agenda-a...
03/29/2019
2019 Conference Agenda and Abstracts | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

SBCA has posted the 2019 Conference Abstracts! View them here - https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-conference-agenda-and-abstracts . If you presented and would like your PowerPoint posted on the website, please send the permission sheet to the SBCA "info" email account! Thank you to everyone who participated/presented/spoke at this years Conference!

Please find below the preliminary agenda and abstracts for the 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting: Thinking About the Width and Breadth of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

SBCA has posted the 2019 Conference Abstracts! View them here - https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-conference-agenda-a...
03/29/2019
2019 Conference Agenda and Abstracts | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

SBCA has posted the 2019 Conference Abstracts! View them here - https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-conference-agenda-and-abstracts . If you presented and would like your PowerPoint posted on the website, please send the permission sheet to the SBCA "info" email account! Thank you to everyone who participated/presented/spoke at this years Conference!

Please find below the preliminary agenda and abstracts for the 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting: Thinking About the Width and Breadth of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
03/25/2019
George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center

George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center

If you're looking for some reading material this weekend in-between the college basketball games, check out our latest publications!

-- Julie Balla provides a recap of Cass Sunstein's remarks at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis' annual meeting:
https://regulatorystudies.columbian.gwu.edu/regulatory-sludge-reducing-paperwork-burdens-preserve-our-time

-- A series of essays on, "Policy Analysis for Uncertain Futures," dives into the risks of events like cyber & nuclear war, climate change, terrorism, and food-borne illnesses, and the trade-offs policymakers face when trying to prevent them:
https://regulatorystudies.columbian.gwu.edu/working-paper-series-adapting-policy-analysis-uncertain-futures

#MarchMadness #FirstWeekOfSpring

03/20/2019

Special Thank You to all of the SBCA 11th Annual Conference & Meeting speakers, presenters, and participants! The SBCA has added a collection of photos of the Conference for everyone to view! #SBCA2019

SBCA 11th Annual Conference
03/20/2019

SBCA 11th Annual Conference

Collection of photos from the SBCA's 11th Annual Conference & Meeting

02/27/2019

The theme of #SBCA2019 is "Thinking About the Width and Breadth of Benefit-Cost Analysis."

What does that mean to the Society?

The theme recognizes that benefit-cost analysis is not a narrow guide to investment projects but in fact covers the whole range of private and public evaluations and decisions. As the panels in this year’s conference show, benefit-cost analysis applies globally, speaking both geographically and by subject matter. The subjects for benefit-cost analysis include climate change, investment in infrastructure, health disparities, economic development around the world, monetary reforms, tax policies, the safety of workers and food and much else. Thinking about benefits and costs is how we assess social well-being.

*NEW* SBCA On Balance Blog Post: "On Balance: Can Cost Benefit Analysis Tell Us If Our City Should Host the Olympics? It...
02/13/2019
On Balance: Can Cost Benefit Analysis Tell Us If Our City Should Host the Olympics? It Does. But Could Do It Better. | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

*NEW* SBCA On Balance Blog Post: "On Balance: Can Cost Benefit Analysis Tell Us If Our City Should Host the Olympics? It Does. But Could Do It Better." by Jérôme Massiani.

There is growing skepticism among both academics and government officials about the benefits of large-scale sport and cultural events. Although Input-Output (IO) has long been the dominant approach to estimating the impacts of these events, the method faces criticism for both its lack of realism and the incompleteness of its results. Consequently, economists have begun to turn to two alternative approaches: computable general equilibrium (CGE) and cost-benefit analysis. These approaches can take into account effects not captured within an IO framework. They also often produce strikingly different results than those obtained using an IO model. This post reports some preliminary results from ongoing research evaluating nearly 60 studies that use cost-benefit methods to evaluate events. More complete results will be presented at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference in March 2019.

Read the rest here: http://bit.ly/2tlyPF2

There is growing skepticism among both academics and government officials about the benefits of large-scale sport and cultural events. Although Input-Output (IO) has long been the dominant approach to estimating the impacts of these events, the method faces criticism for both its lack of realism and...

#SBCA2019 Interested in learning how to develop your own Benefit-Cost models? Join us at our Workshop on March 13, 2019 ...
02/12/2019

#SBCA2019 Interested in learning how to develop your own Benefit-Cost models? Join us at our Workshop on March 13, 2019 to learn how!

Register here: http://bit.ly/sbcaworkshops

This Workshop is organized by Michael Wilson, MWConsulting
Policy makers often decide where to invest limited tax revenues without having a way to estimate the expected return on that investment. Benefit-cost analysis, however, can provide policy makers with an estimate of the benefits of investing in a given program or policy. This seminar will provide a step-by-step description of the methodology used to create a benefit-cost model for programs and policies designed to reduce crime. We will discuss how to estimate tax payer and victimization costs of crime, and also how to use an effect size of a program to determine the estimated number of crimes avoided and the estimated benefit of avoiding them.

This seminar is designed to be very practical, giving analysts the resources to understand and develop their own benefit-cost models. The workshop is designed for analysts with beginner to intermediate level experience in the field of criminal justice policy analysis.

Don't forget to register for the Conference as well! We hope to see you there!

#SBCA2019 Interested in learning how to develop your own Benefit-Cost models? Join us at our Workshop on March 13, 2019 ...
02/08/2019

#SBCA2019 Interested in learning how to develop your own Benefit-Cost models? Join us at our Workshop on March 13, 2019 to learn how! Register here: http://bit.ly/sbcaworkshops

#SBCA2019 How can you effectively bring Benefit-Cost results to government officials? Join our Workshop on March 13, 201...
02/07/2019

#SBCA2019 How can you effectively bring Benefit-Cost results to government officials? Join our Workshop on March 13, 2019. Register here: http://bit.ly/sbcaworkshops

#SBCA2019 Want to learn how to use Meta-Analysis in Benefit-Cost Modeling? Register for our Workshop on March 13, 2019 h...
02/06/2019

#SBCA2019 Want to learn how to use Meta-Analysis in Benefit-Cost Modeling? Register for our Workshop on March 13, 2019 here:
http://bit.ly/sbcaworkshops

Early Bird Registration ends tomorrow! Register on or before Jan 31 to receive the lowest possible rate! #SBCA2019 benef...
01/30/2019
2019 Annual Conference | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Early Bird Registration ends tomorrow! Register on or before Jan 31 to receive the lowest possible rate! #SBCA2019

benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-annual-conference

Closing plenary by Dean Jamison, who has led major efforts to evaluate investments and set priorities in global health, including the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Disease Control Priorities project.

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is offering a pre-conference professional development workshop on Wednesday...
01/29/2019
2019 Annual Conference | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is offering a pre-conference professional development workshop on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 titled “Deregulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis.”

The workshop brings together leading experts and practitioners with diverse perspectives to discuss key challenges associated with these types of analyses. It is targeted to both those interested in conducting these analyses and those interested in better understanding the strengths and limitations of analyses they review.

Please visit SBCA’s website for a more detailed description and preliminary agenda, a list of speakers, and an online registration form: https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-pre-conference-professional-development-workshops.

For more information on joining SBCA and attending its conference, see: https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-annual-conference.

#sbca2019

Closing plenary by Dean Jamison, who has led major efforts to evaluate investments and set priorities in global health, including the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Disease Control Priorities project.

Immunization Economics
01/29/2019

Immunization Economics

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 11th Annual Conference & Meeting in Washington, D.C. will highlight the results of the benefit-cost analysis reference case guidance project. This guidance is crucially applicable to immunization and other policies in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more about the conference and register here — http://bit.ly/2RpI6u3

01/15/2019

SBCA has announced #SBCA2019 Conference & Meeting Preliminary Agenda!

View here: http://bit.ly/2FscpKd

Check out our *NEW* On Balance blog post by Lisa A. Robinson " On Balance: Review of The Cost-Benefit Revolution by Cass...
01/10/2019

Check out our *NEW* On Balance blog post by Lisa A. Robinson " On Balance: Review of The Cost-Benefit Revolution by Cass R. Sunstein"

Fomenting revolution brings to mind crowds storming the barricades, not analysts struggling to debug a spreadsheet or craft a clear sentence. Yet in his book, The Cost-Benefit Revolution, Cass Sunstein (Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School) argues that benefit-cost analysts are doing exactly that. The barricades we surmount are decision-making errors resulting from overreliance on intuition and emotion, our weapons are science and economics, and our achievements are better policies.

As a previous Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, which oversees the U.S. regulatory program, it is not surprising that Sunstein focuses on the use of benefit-cost analysis in the regulatory realm. However, his insights and conclusions are broadly applicable to wherever benefit-cost analysis is practiced.

Click here to read the full post! https://benefitcostanalysis.org/balance-review-cost-benefit-revolution-cass-r-sunstein

SBCA has announced the Workshops for the 11th Annual Conference & Meeting!(8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.) A Voice Crying in the...
01/08/2019
2019 Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

SBCA has announced the Workshops for the 11th Annual Conference & Meeting!

(8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.) A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers

Organized by Steven Lize, The Pew Charitable Trusts, with Gary VanLandingham, The Florida State University, and Nick Hart, Bipartisan Policy Center

(8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.) Using meta-analysis to support benefit-cost analysis and evidence-based policymaking

Organized by Michael Hirsch, with Eva Westley, Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)

(1:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.) Putting Benefit Cost Analysis into Practice: Creating a Criminal Justice BCA Model

Organized by Michael Wilson, MWConsulting

(1:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.) Deregulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis

Organized by Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics, Incorporated. with Elizabeth Ashley, U.S. Office of Management and Budget; Dallas Burtraw, Resources for the Future; Jerry Ellig, George Washington Regulatory Studies Center; Amber Jessup, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

To learn more about the details of each Workshop go to our website : https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-pre-conference-professional-development-workshops

*UPDATE* SBCA 11th Annual Conference & Meeting has announced that the Closing Reception will be Sponsored by The Bill an...
01/04/2019
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*UPDATE* SBCA 11th Annual Conference & Meeting has announced that the Closing Reception will be Sponsored by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health!

Click Here to learn more: https://benefitcostanalysis.org/2019-annual-conference

“On Balance”– the Blog of Society for Benefit Cost Analysis – provides a venue for members and other practitioners to share their research, experiences, and perspectives on various issues relevant to benefit-cost analysis. We encourage all interested in benefit cost analysis to submit pitche...

Check out the SBCA new On Balance Blog post by Joe Devlin " On Balance: Two quick fix solutions to baseline estimation c...
12/14/2018
On Balance: Two quick fix solutions to baseline estimation challenges: good enough for practical analysis? | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Check out the SBCA new On Balance Blog post by Joe Devlin "
On Balance: Two quick fix solutions to baseline estimation challenges: good enough for practical analysis?"

https://benefitcostanalysis.org/balance-two-quick-fix-solutions-baseline-estimation-challenges-good-enough-practical-analysis

 Since 2010, I have been a practitioner of practical benefit-cost analysis at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), working with colleagues to inform policymakers and stakeholders about the likely impacts of proposed federal environmental regulations. I would like to examine a key issue in ...

*UPDATE* on SBCA 11th Annual Conference & Meeting! SBCA has announced 3 new Workshops for the upcoming Conference. Works...
12/11/2018
2019 Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

*UPDATE* on SBCA 11th Annual Conference & Meeting! SBCA has announced 3 new Workshops for the upcoming Conference.

Workshops:
Putting Benefit Cost Analysis into Practice: Creating a Criminal Justice BCA Model

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers

Using meta-analysis to support benefit-cost analysis and evidence-based policymaking

Click here to learn more about the workshops, read their descriptions, view speakers, and see times!

SBCA will once again offer pre-conference professional development workshops on the day before the annual conference begins.

Check out the SBCA new On Balance Blog post by Brad Wong " On Balance: Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Make the World a B...
11/29/2018
On Balance: Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Make the World a Better Place | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Check out the SBCA new On Balance Blog post by Brad Wong "
On Balance: Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Make the World a Better Place."

 If you had billions of dollars to make the world a better place, and could spend it however you wanted, how would you maximize your impact? This is not just a thought experiment, but a daily concern for the world’s governments, philanthropists, and multilateral institutions. Since 2004, Copenhag...

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