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2020 Society Webinar Series

The Society for Benefit-Cost webinar series features new material and a few presentations originally scheduled for our March 2020 Annual Meeting. These presentations are free to Society members and (with limited exceptions) available to nonmembers for a fee. The list of past and future webinars is below along with information about how to view a recording (for past webinars) or to register.

If you find the Society's resources useful and want to support the benefit-cost analysis field, please consider becoming a member or making a donation.

The Society is planning to offer 6 webinars between July-December 2020. For more information click here

All individual webinars will be free to SBCA members.
All individual webinars will be available to non-members at $35 per session.
Non-members can also bundle all 6 of the webinars for the $140. Register Now


Upcoming Webinars

The 20,000 Foot View, Really! (Advancing the Evaluation of the Socio-Economic Benefits of Earth Observation)

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 12:00-1:30 ET

Register now

On Balance Blog

On Balance: Recent Developments in the Market for Vaping Products and the implications of Benefit-Cost Analysis

October 9, 2020
By: Don Kenkel

Since electronic cigarettes were introduced, in 2007, they have presented controversial public health tradeoffs. E-cigarettes provide users with the addictive chemical nicotine but without exposing them to the harmful combustion-generated toxicants in cigarette smoke. On the one hand, because smoking combustible cigarettes is estimated to lead to almost 500,000 deaths each year, e-cigarettes have great potential as a harm reduction strategy. In particular, evidence from randomized clinical trials shows that vaping e-cigarettes helps adult smokers quit. On the other hand, the growing popularity of vaping among teens raises concerns about nicotine addiction, the possibility that vaping is a gateway to smoking, and unknown future health consequences. More teens now vape e-cigarettes than smoke cigarettes. In the National Youth Tobacco Survey, the fraction of high school students reporting vaping within the past 30 days increased from 11.7 percent in 2017 to 27.5 percent in 2019, before dropping to 19.6 percent in 2020.  Some public policies – increasing the legal purchase to 21 and banning e-cigarette flavors popular with teens – try to target teen vaping. Other policies, most notably e-cigarette excise taxes, discourage both adult and teen vaping.

SBCA European Conference

View the recording here

The in-person SBCA European Conference has been canceled for this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the keynote speakers  agreed to share their thoughts in an online event on October 14th.

Here are a few preliminary details including the tentative titles of the talks:

  • Jason Shogren (University of Wyoming): Challenges of social distancing, how did the assumptions made in March turn out in retrospective? Uncertainty in CBA, advice to real policy-making and the CBA.
  • John Hassler ( Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University): Perspectives on the covid-19 pandemic and cost benefit analysis
  • Christian Gollier (Toulouse School of Economics) : Comments on both keynotes

The World Bank‘s Sustainable Development Practice Group (WB SDPG) is seeking consultant economists to carry out economic and financial analysis of investment projects in the following areas: agriculture and food; environment, natural resources, social development; urban development, disaster risk management, with climate change being a cross-cutting topic.


If you have significant training and experience in analyzing the economic and financial viability of investments in any of these fields, we would like to invite you to register in the WB SDPG Roster of Consultant Project Economists by filling out an online questionnaire.

For more details, click here.

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

Volume 11 - Issue 2 of JBCA - Summer 2020

The summer 2020 edition of the Journal presents a set of eight papers of much practical importance to the practice of benefit cost analysis

Volume 11 - Issue 1 of the JBCA Spring 2020

The spring 2020 edition of the Journal presents a collection of seven papers addressing the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs(OIRA) ...

Volume 10- Issue 3 - of the JBCA Fall 2019

The fall edition of the Journal includes an invited essay by Alain Enthoven (2019) of Stanford University, who helps us understand the beginning and growth...

SBCA News

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Presenting a Session at ASSA 2021 Annual Meeting

Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis – Advice for a New Presidential Term -Panel Session- Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)- Hosted By: SOCIETY FOR BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS

Covid-19 BCA Resources

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