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2020 Annual Conference

SBCA Cancels 2020 Annual Conference

SBCA 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting Program

The SBCA Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person SBCA Annual Conference for 2020 as well as the post-Conference Workshops, which was to be held March 16-18, 2020 at George Washington University's Marvin Center. Canceling the in-person Conference was the direct result of the confusion and uncertainty surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Beyond the health and welfare of attendees, we likewise were aware that employers and governmental authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere increasingly are putting restrictions on travel and gatherings of larger than 200 individuals.

SBCA has assembled a world-class program on benefit-cost analysis from both a content and presenter standpoint. We remain determined to make significant use of that content and expertise. For a variety of reasons, it was not feasible for SBCA to postpone the Conference to later dates in the year; however, we already have begun discussions for how we can deliver a Conference experience through an online delivery platform.

We therefore ask for your indulgence and patience as we navigate the logistics that will be involved with hosting the Conference and Workshops differently. We are diligently working on the alternatives and will let attendees know by the end of March how we are best able to proceed with delivering the content that would have been available at the in-person Conference and Workshops. Our plans will include options for refunds should you be unable to or uninterested in the alternative format.  We thank you for your patience as we work through the logistics and options.  

If you have made hotel reservations as part of our room block at the Melrose or otherwise for attending the Conference, please don't forget to cancel those reservations. The phone number for the Melrose is 1-202-955-6400.

Please stay tuned for more information about the online Annual Conference and Workshops.

2020 SBCA Annual Conference Agenda

SBCA 2020 Annual Conference Abstracts

Promoting Objectivity and Relevance in Benefit-Cost Analysis

Dynamic Program Gives You First-Hand Exposure to the Application of Benefit-Cost Analysis

Its not just that SBCAs keynote presentations give you direct exposure to the impact that benefit-cost analysis can have on large-scale decision-making from leading authorities in the field. Though that is true. Its not just that scores of breakout sessions will bring you specific insight and ideas from fellow practitioners that you can put to practical use. Though that is also the case. And its not just that youll network with the largest gathering of benefit-cost experts in the world. That that likewise is true.

What truly sets the SBCA Annual Conference apart is that every moment of the event is designed to share best practices and promote learning that will allow benefit-cost analysis to play a large role in our world. Together, we get to move the field, the practice, and the adoption of benefit-cost analysis ahead.

Featured Presentations  

An extensive array of dynamic presentations bring you the latest in benefit-cost analysis across a spectrum of topic areas relevant to your needs and interests.

  • Deterring Police Shootings
  • Surviving Judicial Review
  • Assessing the Cost of Disaster Recovery and Funding for the Puerto Rico Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Advancing the evaluation of the socio-economic benefits of Earth observation
  • Deregulatory BCAs on Food Safety
  • Regulations under E.O. 13771
  • The Economics of Economic Analysis in Government
  • Honoring the life and work of Martin Weitzman
  • A Dynamic Economic Evaluation of Cyber Security Investment
  • When is a dollar not worth a dollar?
  • Irrationality and the value of cash transfers.
  • Between Two Worlds: Methodological and Subjective Differences in Climate Impact Meta-Analyses

REGULAR REGISTRATION (from February 1 through March 10, 2020 11:59 PM EST)

  • $485 for 2020 Society members
  • $650 for non-members
  • $185 for 2020 student members or students enrolled at a 2019 Organizational Affiliate

ON-SITE REGISTRATION (on or after March 11, 2020)

  • $565 for 2020 Society members
  • $730 for non-members
  • $215 for 2020 student members or students enrolled at a 2019 Organizational Affiliate

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Any cancellation requests must be received via telephone or by email by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2020 to be eligible for a refund of the entire registration fee. Cancellation requests received after 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2020 and before 11:59 p.m. EST on February 22, 2020 will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee. After 11:59 p.m. EST on February 22, 2020 the registrant shall be liable for the full registration fee. Refunds will not be given for no-shows. Email inquiries to or phone 703-234-4129.

Workshops will take place on Wednesday, March 18. For more information, please visit the workshop page.