2014 Preconference Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, March 12, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
George Washington University Marvin Center, Washington, D.C.

SBCA will be offering a professional development workshop on the day before the 2014 Annual Conference and Meeting. Online registration is now closed; please email sbcainfo@uw.edu if you would like to request late registration.

For more information on the 2014 Annual Conference and Meeting, please visit the conference webpage. Note that conference registration is not included in the workshop fee, nor required to participate in the workshops. While nonmembers are welcome to participate in both the conference and workshops, we hope you will support the Society by becoming a member; please visit the membership page for more information.

Workshop 3: Conducting Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis
Organizer: Susan Dudley, GWU Regulatory Studies Center

In this workshop, experienced regulatory experts will apply benefit-cost analysis to examining regulations. The workshop will briefly review the history of regulatory impact analysis, the variety of executive and statutory requirements governing the use of benefit-cost analysis for analyzing ex ante regulatory decisions, and the procedures they require. Instructors will examine the analytical elements identified in Office of Management Budget Circular A-4, which governs regulatory analysis, using illustrations of their application in practice. Since reduction in public health risk is often an important regulatory benefit, one session will focus on risk assessment, and how it is used in regulatory benefit-cost analysis. The workshop will conclude with an interactive session that ties the elements of regulatory benefit-cost analysis together. Throughout, participants will have an opportunity to engage with faculty to explore regulatory topics of interest to them. Participation in this interactive workshop will benefit academics interested in applying their BCA skills to regulatory policy as well as practitioners interested in understanding the nuances of regulatory analysis. Both will gain a greater understanding of the procedures and protocols involved in analyzing and supporting regulatory alternatives.

Preliminary Agenda (subject to change)

1:30 - 2:15 Introduction to Regulatory Impact Analysis -- statutory and executive order requirements and history (Susan E. Dudley, the George Washington University)
2:15 - 3:15 Key Elements of U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A-4 (Christopher Carrigan, the George Washington University and Stuart Shapiro, Rutgers University)
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:15 Risk Assessment (George M. Gray, the George Washington University)
4:15 - 5:00 Tying it All Together (All faculty)
5:00 Adjourn


  • Early registration (before January 31): $350
  • Regular Registration (from February 1 through March 5): $380
  • Late and On-Site Registration (from March 6 on): $410

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Refund Policy

Any cancellation requests must be received via telephone or by email by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 31, 2014 to be eligible for a refund of the entire registration fee. Cancellation requests received after 11:59 p.m. PST on January 31, 2014 and before 11:59 p.m. PST on February 21, 2014 will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee. After 11:59 p.m. PST on February 21, the registrant shall be liable for the full registration fee. Refunds will not be given for no-shows. Email inquiries to sbcainfo@uw.edu. Back to top.