2022 Annual Conference Abstract Submissions

We are excited to announce the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis is now accepting proposals for the SBCA 2022 Annual Conference! While we regret that we will not be able to meet in person, we look forward to the opportunity to take advantage of the options available online. The virtual format will allow us to engage speakers and other participants who would not otherwise be able to attend, to record some sessions for later viewing by participants, and to take advantage of the flexibility offered by the online platform more generally. The conference will be held virtually March 17-18 and 21-22 to make it easier for participants located in different time zones to be involved in multiple sessions.
This year's conference theme is “Analyzing Distributional Consequences and Equity in Benefit-Cost Analysis.” Several plenary speakers will focus on the question of how best to handle distributional and equity issues in BCA.  However, abstracts on all topics related to benefit-cost analysis are welcome. 

The submission portal deadline has passedNote: Conference and workshop proposals may be submitted after the deadline using the link below, but late submissions are not guaranteed full consideration.

We are accepting four types of proposals:

  • Individual research presentation: present original research (Limited to 300 words)
  • Panel research presentations, i.e., combine presentations of original research on related topics (four individual research presentations or three individual research presentations plus one discussant)
  • Roundtable discussion: discuss perspectives on a key issue (four to seven participants including the chair, informal presentations followed by group discussion)
  • Innovative session: propose an alternative format, taking advantage of the online environment.

We are not accepting workshop proposals through the conference abstract submission portal. To learn more about our professional development workshops and to submit a proposal, please click here. 

To review the conference abstract submission instructionsclick here. To begin your conference abstract submission or edit your submission, click here

You may submit no more than two abstracts for a research presentation (either individually or as part of a panel) plus participate in no more than one roundtable or innovative session. There is no limit on the number of sessions for which you can be listed as a co-author; these limits apply only to speakers.

The duration of each session generally will be 90 minutes total.  We anticipate providing opportunities for audience participation and discussion.

Submissions are welcome on any methodological or policy topic relevant to the theory or practice of benefit-cost analysis. We define benefit-cost analysis broadly to include analyses that rely on monetary measures and those that include nonmonetary measures, synthetic or natural units (e.g., QALYs, DALYs, acres protected, cases averted). Both conventional and innovative analytic approaches are welcome. We encourage submissions from scholars, practitioners, and others working in academia, nonprofits, business, and government around the world.

2022 Annual Conference Registration Rates

  SBCA Members Non-Members
Individuals from high-income countries (based on World Bank Classification) $150 $330
Low-and middle-income country resident individuals (based on World Bank Classification) $50 $125
Student (enrolled full-time) $25 $60

members receive substantial discounts on conference registrations.

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SBCA 2021 Program Committee: Glenn Blomquist (chair), Dan AclandDeborah Aiken, Henrik AnderssonMarian delos Angeles, Caroline CecotRichard Damania, Joe DevlinSandra Hoffmann, Kirsten Jensen, Aaron KearsleyNellie Lew, Steve LizeLala Ma, Arif A. Mamun, Euston Quah, Lisa A. Robinson, Monica Marcela Jaime Torres, Craig Thornton, Ann WolvertonDale Whittington