2015 Conference and Meeting: Advancing the Policy Frontier

Select presentation slides, photos and video are posted alongside the full conference agenda here

Pre-conference Professional Development Workshops: March 18, 2015

GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, D.C.

Conference and Meeting: March 19-20, 2015

GWU Marvin Center, Washington, D.C.

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. Please join us at our Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting.

Conference sponsors include: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; GW Regulatory Studies Center; Abt Associates; and Econometrica, Inc.

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Conference Program

View and download the final conference program: Final Program

Abstracts are now available online: Schedule and Abstracts

We are excited to welcome W. Kip Viscusi of Vanderbilt University for the keynote luncheon on Thursday, speaking on "Pricing Lives for Government and Corporate Risk Decisions."

Professional Development Workshops

SBCA is pleased to offer professional development workshops on March 18, 2015, prior to the conference. The workshops include:



Due to unprecedented growth, we have hit the maximum capacity for our 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting venue. Conference registration is now closed.  We are very sorry that we are unable to accommodate more participants and greatly appreciate your interest and support.

We will be asking our panelists for permission to post their slides on the conference webpage, and will also be posting a video of the plenary address. We are moving to a larger venue next year, and hope you will join us then (March 16-18, 2016 in Washington, DC).

Please note that registration is still open for our March 18 workshops. For more information, click here.

Thank you very much for supporting SBCA during this exciting time!

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to support the Society and highlight the role of your organization by sponsoring a conference event, for amounts ranging from $1,500 to $3,500.

To sponsor a conference event please look at the event sponsorship form and return your sponsorship requests as soon as possible. Sponsorship opportunities are limited. 

Exhibitor and Advertising Opportunities

If you are interested in demonstrating products, software, books or journals and attracting new students, employees, and clients, consider advertising or exhibiting with us.

To submit a request for advertisement or exhibition table please complete a commitment form here. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2015.

Conference Venue and Hotel Information

The Marvin Center at the George Washington University

800 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

The conference will be held at the GWU Marvin Center (green pin in the map below), two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. Driving directions and parking information can be found online here.

Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University

950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Pre-conference workshops will be held at the GWU Milken Institute School of Public Health (red pin in the map below)Driving directions and parking information can be found online here.

One Washington Circle Hotel

One Washington Circle, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20037

A block of rooms has been reserved at One Washington Circle Hotel (blue pin in the map below), four blocks from the conference location and less than two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Please call the hotel at (800) 424-9671 and mention the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (block ID: 1175210) to receive the room rate of $224 plus tax. We encourage you to make your reservation before February 18, 2015, to guarantee rate availability.

Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel

1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Rooms are available for $221.50/night on March 19-20 at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel near the MacPherson Square Metro station, 1 mile from GWU and 5 minutes by Metro. Click here to access the SBCA rate or call the hotel at 1-877-622-1970 and use the room block code SBC.

Instructions for Presenters and Panel Chairs

Download the instructions for panel chairs and presenters  here, including deadlines and instructions for registering for the conference and submitting PowerPoint presentations. 

Call for Presentations and Workshop Proposals

The deadline for abstract submissions has passed, however you can download the call for presentations for information related to the abstract submission process. For workshops, you can download the call for workshopsproposal instructions, and budget worksheet for more information.

Program Committee: W. Kip Viscusi, Chair (Vanderbilt University), Susan Dudley (The George Washington University), Ali Gungor (U.S. Coast Guard), Sandra Hoffmann (USDA), Anthony Homan (U.S. Department of Transportation), Don Kenkel (Cornell University), Anne Smith (NERA), Jack Wells (U.S. Department of Transportation - retired)