2017 Conference and Workshops a Success

March 30, 2017

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Ninth Annual Conference and Meeting took place on March 15-17 in Washington, DC.

Thank you to all who attended! We had a record registration of approximately 320 conference attendees from 16 countries, and appreciate all that you did to help make this year's events so successful and productive. 

Presentations in 46 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. If you presented and would like to make your slides available, please contact Erika Dowd at sbcainfo@uw.edu.

On Thursday, the keynote address was given by Katherine G. Abraham, Chair of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Video of the address is available on YouTube.


We were pleased to award Steve Aos, former Director of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, the Outstanding Achievement Award for sustained outstanding achievement in the field of benefit-cost analysis. The Board also awarded Richard Belzer the 2017 Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award recognizing his exceptional service to the Society as a board officer from 2008-2016.

The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis editors recognized "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Unified Approach to Behavioral Welfare Economics" by Douglas Bernheim; "Rational Benefit Assessment for an Irrational World: Toward a Behavioral Transfer Test" by W. Kip Viscusi and Ted Gayer; and "Contingent Valuation and the Policymaking Process: An Application to Used Nuclear Fuel in the United States" by Deven E. Carlson, Joseph T. Ripberger, Hank C. Jenkins-Smith, Carol L. Silva, Kuhika Gupta, Robert P. Berrens, and Benjamin A. Jones; as Best JBCA Articles of 2016.


We look forward to next year's conference: March 14-16, 2018 in Washington, D.C.!