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2021 Annual Conference Program

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March 17 | March 18March 19 | March 22 | March 23 | March 24
Session Times are Listed in U.S. Eastern Time

* Zoom rooms will remain open for 30 minutes after each session for informal discussion.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

9:00-10:30 am (11:00*)11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*)2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

Wednesday, Mar 17: Session 1, 9:00-10:30 am (11:00*)

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1a. Prospects for Regulatory Analysis: Conversation with Former OIRA Administrators (roundtable)

1b. Assessing Impacts on Children

1c. Electrical Power Generation

1d. Economic Analysis for HIV Policy Decision Support in the Context of Covid-19

1e. Education, Training, and the Labor Force

Chair: Bridget Dooling, The George Washington University

Chair: Glenn Blomquist, University of Kentucky

Chair: Marc Jeuland, Duke University

Chair: Markus Haacker, University College London

Chair: Craig Thornton, Mathematica (retired)

  • Susan Dudley, The George Washington University
  • John Graham, Indiana University
  • Sally Katzen, New York University
  • Howard Shelanski, Georgetown University
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Large-Scale Stunting Intervention in Indonesia (Evan Borkum, Mathematica)
  • Children's Willingness to Pay in Discrete Choice Experiments (Carla Guerriero, Center for Studies in Economics and Finance)
  • Lifecourse Modelling for Childhood Policy Analysis (Ieva Skarda, University of York)
  • Benefit-Cost Ratios of Continuing Routine Immunization During COVID-19 (Elizabeth Watts, Johns Hopkins University)
  • A Stakeholder Analysis for Wind Power Electricity Generation in Ontario (Pejman Bahramian, Queen's University)
  • The Economic Performance of Hydropower Dams Supported by the World Bank Group (Saule Baurzhan, Eastern Mediterranean University)
  • Assessing the Economic Costs of Reducing the Risk of Cost Overruns of Hydropower (Glenn Jenkins, Queen's University)
  • Discussant: Marc Jeuland, Duke University
  • Economic Impacts of HIV and Covid-19 (Markus Haacker, University College London)
  • Tools for the Trade-Off in Health Budgets Between HIV and Other Health Concerns, including COVID-19 (Gesine Meyer-Rath, University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Financing Health (and Specifically HIV) in a Time of COVID-19 (Kate Harris, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Discussant: Amanda Banda, Wemos
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Workfare Programs in Kazakhstan (Peter Howie, Nazarbayev University)
  • Public Service for Ohio: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Ohio Americorps (Rob Moore, Scioto Analysis)
  • The Signal Quality of Law School Grades (Kyle Rozema, Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Using Implementation Research to Analyze Costs: Lessons from Two Evaluations (Louisa Treskon, MDRC)

Wednesday, Mar 17: Session 2, 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*)

Plenary

Sustainable Recovery from Covid-19, Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business

Moderator: Dale Whittington, University of North Carolina
Discussant: Laura Taylor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Wednesday, Mar 17: Session 3, 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)

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3a. Clean Air Act After 50 Years: Retrospective Review of Environmental Regulation (roundtable)

3b. Economic Impacts on Business

3c. Valuing Mitigation of Floods and Erosion

3d. Food Security, Sustainability, and Nutrition

3e. Challenges and Innovations in Effectiveness Estimation (roundtable)

Chair: Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland

Chair: David Long, Princeton Policy Associates

Chair: Joseph Cook, Washington State University

Chair: Sandra Hoffmann, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Chair: Ali Gungor, Federal Aviation Administration

  • Joseph Aldy, Harvard University

  • Max Auffhammer, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lori Bennear, Duke University
  • Art Fraas, Resources for the Future
  • Richard Morgenstern, Resources for the Future
  • Including Uncertainty End-To-End in Managing Risk (Paul B Kantor, Consultant)
  • Measuring What Matters in Public Procurement Law: Quality, Efficiency and More (Dèsirèe Klingler, Yale Law University) 
  • Estimating Economic Impacts on Small Business (Regulatory Flexibility Analyses) (Lauren Masatsugu, Abt Associates)
  • Beyond 'Make' or 'Buy': A Decision Tree for Managers Pursuing Value-for-Money (Mehdi Shiva, University of Oxford)
  • A Hedonic Analysis of Flood Risk Impacts in Miami Beach, Florida (Jessica Balukas, ICF International, Incorporated)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis for Nature-Based Solutions to Hazard Mitigation (Johnny Mojica, Earth Economics)
  • Saving the Colorado River Delta: How Much is it Worth? (Aditi Sarkar, University of New Mexico)
  • Estimating the Total Benefit Function for a Stormwater Management Plan (John Whitehead, Appalachian State University)

  • Accuracy of In Medias Res and Ex-Post Cost-Benefit Analyses: Issues from Nigeria (Ayodeji Coker, Federal University of Technology Minna)
  • Sustainability of Agricultural Crop Policies in Rwanda (Mikhail Miklyaev, Cambridge Resources International)
  • Using queuing theory for biosecurity inspections in international shipping (Paul Mwebaze, University of California, Davis)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (Richmond Owusu, University of Ghana)
  • Nellie Lew, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Stephen Brumbaugh, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Aaron Kearsley, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michael McManus, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Troy Hillier, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Marc Fuller, Federal Railroad Administration

Wednesday, Mar 17: Session 4, 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

Sponsored Session

Informal Discussion: Valuing Women's Workplace Experiences; the case of menstrual hygiene management in Nepal and Kenya. A discussion of approaches to using nonmarket valuation techniques to explore the psychosocial stresses and stigma women face in the workplace, the Iris Group



Thursday, March 18, 2021

9:00-10:30 am (11:00*) | 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*) | 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)

4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*) | 7:00-8:30 pm (9:00*) | 9:00-10:30 pm (11:00*)


Thursday, Mar 18: Session 5, 9:00-10:30 am (11:00*)

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5a. Resilient Regulations in an Era of Transition: The Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis

5b. The Use of Benefit-Cost Analysis in Government Planning: The Case of Malawi (roundtable)

5c. Costs and Benefits of Federally Funded Health Policies, Programs, and Research

5d. Transportation Time and Safety

5e. Benefit-Cost Analysis of Solutions to Address Water Scarcity in Urban Areas

Chair: Bethany Davis Noll, New York University

Chair: Brad Wong, Copenhagen Consensus

Chair: Sue Hamann,  National Institutes of Health

Chair: Rob Moore, Scioto Analysis

Chair: Felipe Vásquez Lavin, Universidad del Desarrollo

  • Regulation in Transition (Richard Revesz, New York University)
  • Tired of Winning (Bethany Davis Noll, New York University)
  • The Low but Uncertain Measured Benefits of U.S. Water Quality Policy  (Catherine L. Kling, Cornell University)
  • Discussant: Caroline Cecot, George Mason University
  • Joseph Nagoli, National Planning Commission, Malawi
  • Grace Kumchulesi, National Planning Commission, Malawi
  • Economic Assessment of Benefits of Research on Work-Related Injury and Illness (Tim Bushnell, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Economic Assessment of the Benefits of Ambulance Re-Design Research (Brian Quay, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Assigning Attribution in Economic Impact Studies of Biomedical Research (Sue Hamann, National Institutes of Health
  • Discussant: Stephen Resch, Harvard University

  • Safety, Effectiveness, and Risk-Informed Rulemaking in Transportation (Deborah Aiken, U.S. Department of Transportation)
  • Willingness to Pay for Safety of Cyclists and Pedestrians - Public or Private (Elin Vimefall, Örebro University)
  • Monetary Valuation of Preventing Non-Fatal Road Injuries: A Literature Review (Wim Wijnen, W2Economics/Delft University of Technology
  • The Value of Time, With and Without a Smartphone (Joseph Cook, Washington State University)
  • A Synthesis of Economic and Noneconomic Instruments to Address Water Scarcity (Guillermo Donoso, Universidad Católica)
  • Insight into the Cost and Benefits of Behavioural Nudges for Water Conservation (Martine Visser, University of Cape Town)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Water Transfer Projects in Spain (Maria Blanco, Universidad Politécnica De Madrid)
  • Social Norms Information Treatments in the Municipal Water Supply: Insights on Benefits and Costs (Celine Nauges, Toulouse School of Economics)

Thursday, Mar 18: Session 6, 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*)

Plenary

Policy Choice under Uncertainty, with Application to Vaccination and Climate Policy, Charles Manski, Northwestern University.
Moderator: John Pepper, University of Virginia
Discussants: Emma McIntosh, University of Glasgow; Robert Pindyck, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday, Mar 18: Session 7, 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)

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7a. Transferring Cash

7b. Improving Transportation

7c. Prioritarianism in Practice

7d. Assessing Food Risks and Policies

7e. Hot BCA: Weather and Climate Change

Chair: Jack Molyneaux, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Chair: Deborah Aiken, U.S. Department of Transportation

Chair: Lisa A. Robinson, Harvard University

Chair: Aliya Sassi, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Chair: Martine Visser, University of Cape Town

  • Poverty, Irrationality, and the Value of Cash Transfers (Daniel Acland, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Comparing Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of Cash Grants and Workforce Training (Elizabeth Brown, University of California, Berkeley)
  • The Costs and Benefits of a Child Allowance (Laurel Sariscsany, Columbia University)
  • Context-Sensitive Cost-Effectiveness Benchmarking for Cash and Voucher Programs (Caitlin Tulloch, International Rescue Committee)
  • Developing the Cost-Benefit Analysis Framework for Inclusive Transport Interventions (Manuel Ojeda-Cabral, University of Leeds)

  • A Cost-Benefit Analysis of an Innovative and Modular Autonomous Vehicle (Ines Österle, German Centre for Aerospace)

  • Estimating Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation Policy in North America (Pierre Vilain, KPMG)
  • Integrating Resilience into Benefit-Cost Analysis of Transportation Investments (Valentin Vulov, Federal Highway Administration)
  • Using Prioritarian Social Welfare Functions for Policy Analysis (Matthew Adler, Duke University)
  • Fatality Risk Regulation (James Hammitt, Harvard University)
  • Health Policies with Consumption Effects (Ole Norheim, University of Bergen)
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic (Maddalena Ferranna, Harvard University)
  • Benefits and Costs of Safe Food: The Appraisal of U.K. Food Businesses Regulation (Vanna Aldin, Food Standards Agency, United Kingdom)
  • Cost of Illness for Microbiological Foodborne Disease in the U.K. (Nicholas Daniel, Food Standards Agency, United Kingdom)
  • The Influence of Hospital Discharge Coding on Cost of Illness Estimates (Sandra Hoffmann, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • Decision Analysis Tools and Food Retail Policy (Ioana (Julia) Marasteanu, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
  • Economic Growth, Armed Conflict, and Climate Change (Elisabeth Gilmore, Clark University)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis Supports the United States Rejoining the Paris Agreement (Carolina Arlota, The University of Oklahoma)
  • Web App for Analysis of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Projects (Josè Alberto Lara-Pulido, Universidad Iberoamericana)
  • A Valuation Approach for a Proposed Geostationary Satellite Hyperspectral Sounder (Christopher Lauer, U.S. National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration)

Thursday, Mar 18: Session 8, 4:00-5:00 pm

Plenary

Systems Analysis, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Benefit-Cost Analysis, and Government Decisions, Alain Enthoven, Stanford University
Moderator: Deborah Freund, Claremont Graduate University



Thursday, Mar 18: Session 9, 7:00-8:30 pm (9:00*)

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9a. Emerging Trends in International Development and Policy Analysis in Asia

9b. What Impacts Should be Included in Benefit-Cost Analysis?

9c. Protecting Ecosystems

9d. Benefit-Cost Analysis, Environmental Justice, and Federal Reserved Water Rights

Chair: Dohyeong Kim, University of Texas, Dallas

Chair: Daniel Acland, University of California, Berkeley

Chair: Jorge Maldonado, Universidad de los Andes

Chair: Michael Hanemann, Arizona State University

  • Efficiency Analysis of Aid to Education in Official Development Assistance in Korea (Eunmi Lee, Kookmin University)
  • Policy Effects of Mandatory Electronic Card System in Korean Gaming Industry (Dohyeong Kim, University of Texas, Dallas)
  • Analysis of Spillover Tax Revenues of Infrastructure: Case Study of High-Speed Railway (Naoyuki Yoshino,

    Keio University/ADBI)

  • Discussant: Marian delos Angeles (Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies)
  • What’s In, What’s out? Towards a Rigorous Definition of the Boundaries of Benefit-Cost Analysis (Daniel Acland, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Hedonic Welfare-Based Benefit-Cost Analysis (Jonathan Masur, University of Chicago)
  • What Values are to be Counted in Benefit-Cost Analysis? (Richard Zerbe, University of Washington)
  • Discussant: Matthew Adler (Duke University)
  • Non-Use Values of Beach Forest in the Coastal Communities (Lorena Aquino, Pangasinan State University)
  • Integrating the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Framework: Reclamation in Manila Bay (Gem Castillo, Resources, Environment, and Economics Center for Studies)
  • Does Omitting Downstream Hypoxia Reduce the Economic Benefits of Harmful Algal Blooms Reduction? (Yau-Huo (Jimmy) Shr, National Taiwan University
  • Environmental Justice and Indian Water Rights (Michael Hanemann, Arizona State University)
  • Quantification of Federal Reserve Water Rights in Arizona After the Arizona Supreme Court's Decision in Gila 5 (Rhett Larson, Arizona State University)
  • Valuing Native American Ceremonial and Subsistence Water Use (Dale Whittington, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Discussant: David Owen (University of California, Hastings College of Law)

Thursday, Mar 18: Session 10, 9:00-10:30 pm (11:00*)

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10a. Benefit-Cost Analysis in Asia (roundtable)

10b. Environment and Transportation 

Chair: Jonathan Wiener, Duke University

Chair: Yana Jin, Environmental Defense Fund

  • Dohyeong Kim, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Shiqiu Zhang, Peking University
  • Xin Dai, Peking University
  • Marian delos Angeles, Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies

  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Mitigating SF6 Emissions in the Power Industry (Yubei Li, Wuhan University)
  • Regional Heterogeneity of the Social Costs of Gasoline-to-Electric Vehicles Substitutions in China (Yuhan Hu, Peking University)
  • Health Burden and Policy Implications from Unappreciated Exposure of Subway Commuting in Beijing (Huan Lin, Peking University)
  • Who Counts? Does the Referent Group Need to be Explicit in Infrastructure Analysis? (Robert Smith, Transport for New South Wales)


Friday, March 19, 2021

9:00-10:30 am (11:00*) | 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*) | 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*) | 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

Friday, Mar 19: Session 11, 9:00-10:30 am (11:00*)

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11a. Issues in Regulatory Impact Assessment

11b. Measuring Sustainability in Government Purchasing (roundtable)

11c. The Value of Safety

11d. COVID Challenges to Benefit-Cost Analysis

11e. Guidelines and Standardization

Chair: Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics, Incorporated

Chair: Désirée Klingler, Yale University

Chair: Christoph Rheinberger European Chemicals Agency

Chair: Weidong Ji, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Chair: David L. Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Periodic Review of Agency Regulation (Lori Bennear, Duke University)
  • Trends in Quantification from Across the Atlantic - An Analysis of E.U. Impact Assessments (Katharina Eisele, European Parliament)
  • Regulatory Executive Orders (Mark Febrizio, The George Washington University)
  • You Can't Get There from Here: The Use of Science in Economic Benefit Analyses (Richard Williams, Independent)
  • Steven Schooner, George Washington University
  • Marc Steiner, Swiss Federal Administrative Court
  • Roberto Caranta, University of Turin

  • All Cancers are not Created Equal: How do Survival Prospects Affect Willingness to Pay to Avoid Cancer? (Christoph Rheinberger, European Chemicals Agency)
  • Time Preferences and the Value of a Life Year (Rebecca McDonald, University of Birmingham)

  • Can Preferences for Reducing Mortality Risks Related to Air Pollution be Nudged? (Henrik Andersson, Toulouse School of Economics)
  • Does the Value per Statistical Life Vary with Age or Baseline Health? (Daniel Herrera, Universite De Paris-Dauphine)
  • Benefits and Costs of COVID Policies: Micro and Macro Perspectives (Xin Dai, Peking University)
  • Monitoring of COVID-19 Epidemic: A Perspective of Comparative Sociology of Law (Weidong Ji, Shanghai Jiaotong University)
  • Valuing Changes in Mortality Risks of High Probability and Known Uneven Distribution (Jianhua Xu, Peking University)
  • Discussant: Shitong Qiao, University of Hong Kong
  • Unified Cost-Benefit Analysis (Bahman Kashi, Limestone Analytics)
  • Digital Health Intervention Economic Evaluation Framework (Thomas Wilkinson, The World Bank)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for Resilience Programs (Kristen Schubert, Causal Design)
  • Discussant: David L. Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, Mar 19: Session 12, 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*)

Plenary

The Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis in World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank-Funded Projects

Moderator: Richard Damania, The World Bank

Panelists: Tijen Arin, The World Bank; Stephen Hutton, The World Bank; Onil Banerjee, The Inter-American Development Bank; Adrien Vogt-Schilb, The Inter-American Development Bank

Friday, Mar 19: Session 13, 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)

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13a. Best Practices for Using Revealed Preference Methods for Nonmarket Valuation

13b. Pricing Life and Health

13c. Reducing the Costs of Meat Consumption

13d. Benefit-Cost Analysis of Tax Regulations (roundtable)

Chair: Catherine Kling, Cornell University

Chair: Susana Mourato, London School of Economics and Political Science

Chair: Joshua Tasoff, Claremont Graduate University

Chair: Bridget Dooling, The George Washington University

  • Revealed Preference Methods for Nonmarket Valuation: An Introduction to Best Practices (Catherine Kling, Cornell University)
  • Best Practices for Using Hedonic Property Value Models (Nic Kuminoff, Arizona State University)
  • Using Revealed Preference Methods to Estimate the Value of Reduced Mortality Risk (Mary Evans, Claremont McKenna College)
  • Best Practices for Implementing Recreation Demand Models (Frank Lupi, Michigan State University)
  • Assessing the Use of Pseudo-Panel to Estimate the Value of Statistical Life (Luna Bratti, University of Maryland)
  • Estimated Value of Avoiding Cancer Risks by Cancer Site and Population (Matthew LaPenta, Abt Associates)
  • A Natural Experiment in Fisheries to Estimate the Value of a Statistical Life (Lisa Pfeiffer, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • Does Willingness to Pay for Transport Safety Vary by Mode? (Henrik Andersson, Toulouse School of Economics)
  • The Environmental Benefits of Meatless Day Initiatives (Nicolas Treich, Toulouse School of Economics)
  • The Efficiency of Animal-Welfare Policies (Romain Espinosa, Université Rennes 1)
  • Effective Strategies for Overcoming the Naturalistic Heuristic: Consumer Acceptance of Clean Meat (Zach Freitas-Groff, Stanford University)
  • Changing Hearts and Plates: The Effect of Animal-Advocacy Pamphlets on Meat Consumption (Menbere Haile, Claremont Graduate University)
  • Joe Cordes, The George Washington University
  • Kristin Hickman, University of Minnesota
  • Sally Katzen, New York University
  • Adam Looney, University of Utah

Friday, Mar 19: Session 14, 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

Annual Meeting

2021 Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Awards and Business Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021

9:00-10:30 am (11:00*) | 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*) | 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*) | 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

Monday, Mar 22: Session 15, 9:00-10:30 am (11:00*)

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15a. Eliciting WTP for Reducing Asthma and Kidney Disease from Chemical Exposure

15b. Housing and Infrastructure

15c. Valuing the Economic Benefits of Interventions to Address Energy Poverty

15d. Bullets, Bombs, and Opioids

15e. Improving Health, Welfare, and the Environment

Chair: Nils Axel Braathen, OECD

Chair: Nancy Bergeron, Measurement Canada

Chair: Marc Jeuland, Duke University

Chair: Clark Nardinelli, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (retired)

Chair: Céline Nauges, Toulouse School of Economics

  • Large Scale Valuation Study to Elicit Willingness to Pay to Avoid Chemical Related Negative Health Effects (Nils Axel Braathen, OECD)
  • A Stated Preference Approach to Valuing Reduced Risk of Kidney Disease (Chris Dockins, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Estimating Willingness to Pay to Avoid Asthma and to Reduce Asthma Severity in Adults and Children (Alan Krupnick, Resources for the Future)
  • Discussant: Anna Alberini, University of Maryland
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Affordable Housing Programs in New York City (Kenneth Acks, The Cost-Benefit Group)
  • Measuring the Economic Impacts of Fair Housing Regulations (Janet Li, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
  • The Cost-Effectiveness of Giving Budget Flexibility to Public Housing Authorities (David Long, Princeton Policy Associates)
  • Learning How to Act (Sekou Remy, IBM Research Africa)
  • (Lost) Dividends from (Incomplete) Energy Transitions: Evidence from Honduras (Emily L. Pakhtigian, Penn State University)
  • Clean Cooking Dividends and the Harmful Effects of Uncoordinated Policies: Kenya’s VAT Reform (Marc Jeuland, Duke University)
  • Eat, Drink, Man, Woman: Do Improved Cookstoves Improve Gender Outcomes? (P. P. Krishnapriya, Duke University)
  • Investment Cases for Clean Cooking in Nairobi and Kathmandu Valley (Ipsita Das, Duke University)
  • Bullets and Lots of Them: Quantifying the Impact of the Assault Weapons Ban (James Oehmke, Northwestern University)
  • Reducing the Threat of Improvised Explosive Device Attacks (Victoria Greenfield, RAND Corporation)
  • Opioid Overdoses and Fatal Occupational Injuries (Clayton Masterman, U.S. Courts)
  • Willingness to Supply Unused Prescription Opioids: BCA of a Buyback Program (Glenn Blomquist, University of Kentucky)
  • Empowering Adolescent Girls: Evidence from Host and Refugee Communities in Uganda (Pallavi Prabhakar, BRAC)

  • The Economic Value of Mangroves in Latin America: A Benefit Transfer Meta-Analysis (Keila Guillen, University of East Anglia

  • Economic Analysis of Measures to Mitigate Soil Degradation and Erosion (Yanay Farja Tel-Hai College)

  • Benefits and Costs of Expansion of Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes in Indonesia (Aldina Mesic, University of Washington) 

Monday, Mar 22: Session 16, 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*)

Plenary

Benefit-Cost Analysis and U.S. Policy: The View from the White House

A conversation with Council of Economic Advisers members from the Obama and Bush administrations

Moderator: Ann Wolverton, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Panelists: Katharine G. Abraham, University of Maryland; Katherine Baicker, University of Chicago; Donald Marron, Urban Institute

Monday, Mar 22: Session 17, 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)

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17a. Get to Know Your Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (roundtable)

17b. I Can See Clearly Now: Valuing Air Quality

17c. Assessing Health Care

17d. Methodological Improvements for Health Effects Valuation

17e. Agriculture and Ecosystem Protection

Chair: Thomas Kniesner, Claremont Graduate University

Chair: Marcela Jaime, University of Concepcion

Chair: Susan Chilton, Newcastle University

Chair: Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics, Incorporated

Chair: Rebecca McDonald, University of Birmingham

  • Paul Peretz, Claremont Graduate University
  • Amanda Ross, University of Alabama
  • Henrik Andersson, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Lynn Karoly, RAND Corporation
  • Benefits-per-Truck of a Future Reduction in the NOx Emissions from Heavy-Duty-on-Highway Vehicles (Bharat Ramkrishnan, NERA Economic Consulting)
  • Self-protection, Seasonality, and Willingness to Pay for Clean Air Policies (Yana Jin, Environmental Defense Fund)
  • Public Demand for Air Quality Improvement: Are the Most Exposed More Likely to Pay? (Niraj Khatiwada, University of New Mexico)
  • Global Economic Cost of Deaths Attributable to Ambient Air Pollution (Hao Yin, University of British Columbia)
  • Conceptual Framework on Mental Model-based Repeated Multifaceted Intervention (Mazbahul Ahamad, University of Nebraska)
  • The Benefits of Not Living in a Nursing Home (Robert Brent, Fordham University)
  • When Patients are Assailants: Attitudes Toward Occupational Risks in Health (Elissa Gentry, Florida State University)
  • Does Medicare Part D Extend Lives? Medicare Part D and Mortality (Katherine Toran, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
  • Estimates of First-Year Quality-Adjusted Life Year Loss for Injuries and Poisonings in the U.S. (William Raich, Industrial Economics, Incorporated)
  • Risk Perception, Learning, and Willingness to Pay Reduce Heart Disease Risks (Mark Dickie, University of Central Florida)
  • Using Non-Marginal Risk Reductions to Elicit the Value per Statistical Life (Daniel Herrera-Araujo, Université Paris-Dauphine)
  • Dynamic vs. Static Modeling of Air Quality Benefits in the US and Chile (Henry Roman, Industrial Economics, Incorporated)

  • Benefits and Costs of Phosphorus Recovery: Considerations for Scope (Leah English, University of Arkansas)
  • Comparing Interventions that Boost Cost-Effectiveness in Agriculture Conservation Program (Gregory Howard, East Carolina University)
  • Utility-Scale Solar Farms and Agricultural Land Values (Laura O. Taylor, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Monday, Mar 22: Session 18, 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

Sponsored Session: Room A

Sponsored Session: Room B

Sponsored Session: Room C

18a. Meet the Author: Matthew D. Adler, "Measuring Social Welfare"

18b. Informal Discussion: Women and Economics: My Unexpected Path to University Presidency – An Informal Conversation with Deborah Freund

18c. Informal Discussion: hosted by SBCA Board Members

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
9:00-10:30 am (11:00*) | 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*) | 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)
4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*) | 7:00-8:30 pm (9:00*) | 9:00-10:30 pm (11:00*)

Tuesday, Mar 23: Session 19, 9:00-10:30 am (11:00*)

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19a. Dismality Loves Company: A Buddy Program for RIA Practitioners (roundtable)

19b. Nuclear War/Terrorism: Can Cost-Benefit Analyses Be Applied to National Security? (roundtable)

19c. Methodological Challenges

19d. Benefit-Cost Analysis of Forest Restoration in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

19e. Benefit-Cost Analysis of COVID-19 Control Policies for the Philippines

Chair: Elizabeth Ashley, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Chair: Debra Decker, Stimson Center

Chair: Steven Lize, Pew Charitable Trusts

Chair: Jeffrey Vincent, Duke University

Chair: Rana Hassan, Asian Development Bank

  • Stephen Brumbaugh, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Ali Gungor, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Aaron Kearsley, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Youngok Lim, Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • New National Academies Study on Nuclear Risks and Ways to Provide Input (Jennifer Heimberg, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
  • Rethinking National Security (Martin Hellman, Stanford University)

  • Robustness of the Efficiency-Equity Tradeoff for the Selfish and the Selfless (Danae Arroyos-Calvera, University of Birmingham)
  • Using Stated Preference Responses in the Single Site Travel Model (Adan Martinez-Cruz, Swedish University of Agricultural Science)
  • Estimation of The Economic Opportunity Cost of Capital in the East African Community (Abdallah Othman, Eastern Mediterranean University)
  • Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations: Challenges Quantifying Benefits (Paul Reeder, Employment and Social Development Canada)
  • A Global Review of Benefit-Cost Analyses of Forest Restoration Projects (Priscilla Wainaina, ICRAF)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Forest Restoration Programs in Vietnam (Trung Thanh Nguyen, Leibniz Universität)
  • Spatial Analysis of Forest Restoration for Carbon Sequestration and Biodiversity Conservation (Hawthorne Beyer, International Institute for Sustainability)
  • Forest Restoration Partnerships between The Nature Conservancy and Developing Countries (Priya Shyamsundar, The Nature Conservancy)
  • Towards an Economic-Epidemiological Modeling Framework for Evaluating the Effects of COVID-19 Control Policies (Jomar Rabajante, University of the Philippines)
  • Quantifying the Economic Costs of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions For COVID-19 Control (Rouselle Lavado, Asian Development Bank)
  • Evaluating Benefits of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions for COVID-19 Control Against Costs (David Raitzer, Asian Development Bank)
  • Discussant: Rana Hasan, Asian Development Bank

Tuesday, Mar 23: Session 20, 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*)

Plenary

Integrating Economics and Epidemiology in the COVID-19 Context

Moderator: James K. Hammitt, Harvard University

Panelists: Christopher Avery, Harvard University; William Bossert, Harvard University; Natalie Dean, University of Florida: Eleanor Murray, Boston University

Tuesday, Mar 23: Session 21, 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)

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21a. The Perception and Valuation of COVID-19 (roundtable)

21b. Latin American PhD Student Presentations in Environmental Economics: Part I

21c. Improving Dental Health

21d. Contemporary Guidance for Stated Preference Studies: An Update (roundtable)

21e. USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analyses

Chair: W. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University

Chair: Marcela Jaime, Universidad de Concepción

Chair: Lisa A. Robinson, Harvard University

Chair: Vic Adamowicz, University of Alberta

Chair: Linda Abbott, U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Wandi Bruine de Bruin, University of Southern California
  • James K. Hammitt, Harvard University
  • Thomas Kniesner, Claremont Graduate University
  • Linda Thunstrom, University of Wyoming
  • Effects of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Incentives on Residential Water Demand (Francisco Hernandez, Universidad De Concepción)
  • Interactions Between Fixed and Mobile Recycling Facilities: Do Personal Norms Matter? (Francisca Trujillo Universidad De Talca) 
  • Comments by Michael Hanemann (Arizona State University), Richard Carson (University of California, San Diego), Dale Whittington (University of North Carolina) and Juan Robalino (Universidad de Costa Rica)
  • Societal Willingness to Pay and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in Dentistry (Katherine Carr, Newcastle University)
  • Measuring the Quality of Dental Care among Privately Insured Children in the U.S. (Sung Eun Choi, Harvard University)
  • Leveraging a Discrete Choice Experiment to Evaluate QALY Proxy for Caries (Tracy Lin, University of California, San Francisco)
  • Eliciting Willingness to Pay for Improved Dental Health (Stephen Resch, Harvard University)
  • Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon
  • Robert Johnston, Clark University
  • Kevin Boyle, Virginia Tech
  • Chris Moore, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Egg Products Inspection Rule (Bryan Maculloch, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • The Elimination of Marking Requirement for Certain  Livestock Carcasses Rule (Flora Tsui, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • The Elimination of the Requirement to Defibrinate Livestock Blood Proposed Rule (Stephanie B. Despero, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • Discussant: Richard Williams, Independent

Tuesday, Mar 23: Session 22, 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

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22a. Four Years in Regulation: Benefits and Costs of Major Rules, 2017-2020 (roundtable)

22b. Strategic Responses to Environmental Regulation and Pollution Spillovers

22c. Cancer and Other Disease Risks

22d. The Costs are Worth the Benefits of Integrating Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis (roundtable)

22e. Latin American PhD Student Presentations in Environmental Economics: Part II

Chair: Clark Nardinelli, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (retired)

Chair: William Wheeler, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Chair: Joe Devlin, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Chair: Cindy Sobieski, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Chair: Felipe Vasquez Lavin, Universidad del Desarrollo

  • Susan Dudley, The George Washington University
  • Dominic Mancini, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Caroline Cecot, George Mason University
  • Stuart Shapiro, Rutgers University
  • Jonathan Wiener, Duke University
  • Strategic Shutdowns of Air Quality Monitors: Evidence from Jersey City and Across the U.S. (Eric Zou, University of Oregon)
  • Strategic Non-Reporting Under the Clean Water Act (Daniel Stuart, Harvard University)
  •  The Environmental and Economic Consequences of Internalizing Border Spillovers. (Shaoda Wang, University of Chicago)
  • Do Polluters use Borders and Wind to Strategically Locate? The Geography of Power Plants (John Morehouse, University of Oregon)
  • Bladder Cancer Burden of Disinfection Byproducts in the U.S. (Anna Belova, ICF)
  • The Modest Effects of Fact Boxes on Cancer Screening (Michael Eber, Harvard University)
  • Valuing Cancer Risks using Markov Modeling: Application in Cost-Benefit Analysis (Amy Sharp, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
  • Evaluating EVALI: The Costs of an Information Shock and the Benefits of Consumer Warnings (Hua Wang, Cornell University)
  • Sarah Lane, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Kristen Schubert, Limestone Analytics

  • Environmental Valuation of Elements of Biodiversity in the Titicaca National Reserve (Diana Quispe, Universidad Agraria La Molina)
  • Is Biodiversity Conservation Properly Valued? Impact of the Embedding Effect (José Davila, Universidad Agraria La Molina)
  • Comments by Michael Hanemann (Arizona State University), Richard Carson (University of California, San Diego), Dale Whittington (University of North Carolina), and Juan Robalino (Universidad de Costa Rica)

Tuesday, Mar 23: Session 23, 7:00-8:30 pm (9:00*)

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23a. Health and Social Policy

23b. What Does the American Public Think About COVID-19 Policy?

Chair: David Fuente, University of South Carolina

Chair: Richard Carson, University of California, San Diego

  • Findings from 3 Impact Evaluations of Early Grade Reading Interventions in LAC (Emilie Bagby, Mathematica)

  • Measuring the Impact of Gender Empowerment from a Rural Road Improvement Program (Takeshi Daimon-Sato, Waseda University)

  • Pregnancy Warning Label (Mark Jones, Food Standards Australia-New Zealand)

  • Strategic Planning with Simulation Science and Global Burden of Disease Estimate (Abraham Flaxman, University of Washington)

  • Health Interventions in a Poor Region and Resilience in the Presence of a Pandemic (Amit Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology)

  • What the American Public Thinks About Face Masks (Dohyeong Kim, University of Texas, Dallas)
  • What the American Public Thinks About Vaccines (Mark Radin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • What the American Public Thinks About Allocation of Intensive Care Unit Beds (Helena Cardenas, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing: How Media Source Attention Predicts COVID-19 Knowledge and Behaviors (Richard Carson, University of California, San Diego)

Tuesday, Mar 23: Session 24, 9:00-10:30 pm (11:00*)

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24a. Australasian Perspectives - Issues in the Development and Application of CBA (roundtable)

24b. Benefit-Cost Analysis in China: Policies, Cases, and Issues (roundtable)

Chair: Robert Smith, Transport for New South Wales

Chair: Hua Wang, Renmin University

  • Sarah Close, PWC Australia
  • Ophelia Cowell, New South Wales Treasury
  • Kirsten Jensen, New Zealand Treasury
  • Shiqiu, Zhang, Beijing University
  • Junjie Zhang, Duke Kunshan University
  • Xiang Sun, Shenzhen Water Planning and Design Institute
  • Jing Zhang, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
9:00-10:30 am (11:00*) | 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*) | 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*) | 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)


Wednesday, Mar 24: Session 25, 9:00-10:30 am (11:00*)

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25a. Meet the Funders (roundtable)

25b. Large Scale Valuation of Fertility Loss, Low Birth Weight, and IQ Loss

25c. Valuing COVID Risks

25d. Improving Sanitation in Ghana

25e. Decision Analysis Tools and Regulatory Benefit-Risk Analysis (roundtable)

Chair: Susan Dudley, The George Washington University

Chair: Damien Dussaux, OECD

Chair: Amy Sharp, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Chair: Brad Wong, Copenhagen Consensus Center

Chair: Ioana (Julia) Marasteanu, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Stuart Buck, Arnold Ventures
  • Stephen Glauser, Russell Sage Foundation
  • Susana Marquez, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Mark Steinmeyer, Smith Richardson Foundation
  • Valuing Fertility Loss (Väinö Nurmi, European Chemical Agency)
  • Willingness to Pay for Reducing Chemicals-Related Health Risks of Low Birth Weight (Milan Sčasný, Charles University)
  • Willingness to Pay to Avoid Reductions in IQ in Children (Susana Mourato, London School of Economics/Chiara Sotis, London School of Economics)
  • Discussant: Mark Dickie, University of Central Florida
  • Value of a Statistical Life under a Large Mortality Risk Change (Diego Cardoso, Cornell University)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Oral Polio Vaccine Against COVID-19 and Child Mortality (Angela Y. Chang, Danish Institute for Advanced Study)
  • Which Deaths Count When Evaluating COVID-19 Policies? (Donald Kenkel, Cornell University)
  • Valuing COVID-19 Morbidity Risk Reductions (Lisa Robinson, Harvard University)
  • Benefits and Costs of Rural Sanitation Interventions in Ghana (Catherine McManus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Carrot and Stick: Subsidies and Enforcement to Improve Urban Sanitation in Ghana (Bismark Dwumfour Asare, Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Faecal Sludge Treatment Interventions in Ghana (Issahaku Ahmed, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Martha Osei-Marfo, University of Cape Coast)
  • Discussant: Mark Radin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Leila Lackey, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Truong Chau, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Julia Chambers, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Trinidad Beleche, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Wednesday, Mar 24: Session 26, 11:00-12:30 pm (1:00*)

Plenary

Unifying Welfare Analysis with the Marginal Value of Public Funds

Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University

Moderator: Lisa A. Robinson, Harvard University

Wednesday, Mar 24: Session 27, 2:00-3:30 pm (4:00*)

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27a. Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis in a Post-Trump World (roundtable)

27b. Nonmarket Valuation and Benefit-Cost Analysis in Latin America and the Caribbean

27c. COVID and Coase (roundtable)

27d. Drinking Water: Contaminants, Natural Hazards, Infant Health, and Inequality

27e. Environmental Regulation and Policies around the World

Chair: Michael Livermore, University of Virginia

Chair: Jorge Maldonado, Universidad de los Andes

Chair: Laura Stanley, George Washington University

Chair: Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon

Chair: Laura Taylor, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Richard Revesz, New York University
  • Jonathan Wiener, Duke University
  • Caroline Cecot, George Mason University
  • Economic Valuation of Water Resources in the Mayo River Basin in Peru (Rodrigo Salcedo Du Bois, Universidad del Pacífico) 
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Río Nieva Reserved Zone (Thais Vilela, Conservation Strategy Fund)
  • Teleworking from a Near-Home Shared Office in Mexico City (Adan L. Martinez-Cruz, Swedish University of Agriculture)
  • International Benefit Transfer Performance on Water Quality in Chile (María Isabel Sactic, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
  • Donald Boudreaux, George Mason University
  • D. Bruce Johnsen, George Mason University
  • Richard Zerbe, University of Washington
  • Mark Febrizio, George Washington University

  • Brian Williamson, Communications Chambers

  • A Watershed Moment: The Clean Water Act and Infant Health (Michelle Marcus, Vanderbilt University)
  • Per- and polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water: Evidence from New Jersey (Rosie Mueller, Whitman College)
  • Heavy Rain Events, Toxic Sites, and Drinking Water Quality (Wes Austin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • The Impacts of Lead Exposure on Short-Run and Long-Run Educational Outcomes (Jiameng Zheng, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Application of BCA Principles in Two Trump EPA Deregulatory Rulemakings (Kevin Bromberg, Bromberg Regulatory Strategy)
  • Environmental Federalism in Defining Waters of the US: A Retrospective Analysis (Charles Griffiths, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Economic Valuation of Benefits from the Proposed REACH Restriction of Intentionally Added Microplastics (Peter King, University of Bath)
  • In Utero Environmental Exposures and Birth Outcomes: (Nino Abashidze, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Wednesday, Mar 24: Session 28, 4:00-5:30 pm (6:00*)

Sponsored Session: Room A

Sponsored Session: Room B

Sponsored Session: Room C

28a. Meet the Author: David Weimer, "Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis" and "Cost-Benefit Analysis" sponsored by Cambridge University Press

28b. Informal Discussion: Social Welfare Functions, sponsored by Jim Tozzi

28c. Informal Discussion: hosted by SBCA Board Members