SBCA Awards

 

The Society Fellows Program 

The Society Fellows Program recognizes people who have made substantial contributions to the theory or practice for benefit-cost analysis. This program enhances the ability of SBCA to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of benefit-cost analysis. Awardees must have demonstrated a significant contribution to the theory and/or practice of benefit-cost analysis. While not essential, participation in SBCA, SBCA-sponsored events, and publication in the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis will be considered to be important aspects of an individual’s contribution. A candidate must be living at the time of nomination. Membership in the Society is not required. 

Any SBCA member may nominate a candidate for Fellow. SBCA looks to make the Fellows group as diverse as possible and welcomes nominations from around the world. Nominations should include a vita of the nominee, a two-page nomination letter outlining what contributions the individual has made that warrant the award, and at least one additional letter of support from a second individual. In addition, members of the SBCA Board of Directors may nominate candidates that have not been otherwise nominated. Nominations are to be submitted by October 31 each year.

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Award Recipients

Past winners of SBCA’s Outstanding Achievement Award were the inaugural group of fellows. Four additional Fellows were selected for 2022. The SBCA Board of Directors expects to select approximately four Fellows in 2023, then up to two Fellows each year thereafter. 

 

2022

Sir Partha Dasgupta
The University of Cambridge 

     
 

2022


Jack Knetsch
Simon Fraser University

     
 

2022


Lisa Robinson
Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard University

     
 

2022

Robert Haveman
University of Wisconsin–Madison

     
 

2021

James K. Hammitt
Harvard University 

     
 

2021

Al McGartland
National Center for Environmental Economics

     
 

2021

Maureen L. Cropper
University of Maryland

     
   

2021

Michael Jones-Lee
Newcastle University

     
   

2021

W. Kip Viscusi
Vanderbilt University

     
   

2021

David L. Weimer
University of Wisconsin, Madison

     
   

2021

Steve Aos
Washington State Institute for Public Policy

     
 

2021

Arnold Harberger
UCLA

 

 

 


 

Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis [SBCA] has established an annual award for the best Ph.D. thesis dealing with the theory and/or practice of benefit-cost analysis. The award is intended to recognize outstanding work by promising new researchers in the field. It is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize and the winner will be recognized at the SBCA annual meeting. In addition, recipients will be encouraged to submit a paper based on their dissertation to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. The paper will undergo the standard journal peer-review process.

The range of topics for candidate dissertations is very broad, i.e., dissertations that would interest the Society's members, including, but not limited to:

Methods Topical Areas
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Cost analysis
  • Regulatory impact analysis
  • Risk-benefit analysis
  • Applied welfare economic analysis
  • Damage assessments
  • Civil and criminal justice
  • Climate change
  • Education and training
  • Energy, natural resources, and environment
  • Finance and financial markets
  • Food and agriculture
  • Health, health insurance, and health care
  • International trade and development
  • Safety and security
  • Social welfare programs
  • Taxation and government revenue generation
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Workforce and workplace

 

A dissertation will be eligible if it was successfully defended between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022, and has not previously been considered for the award. Eligible dissertations must have been accepted by an accredited institution of higher education in any country in fulfillment of a doctoral degree. The degree field is not limited to economics. Dissertations must be written in English.

Submissions will be reviewed by a Selection Committee appointed by the SBCA Board of Directors. Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of the methodological work (theoretical or empirical), the contributions to the field, the quality of the exposition, and the relevance for policy.

The following materials are needed to apply:

  • A statement indicating the applicant's name; the date, degree, and institution of the defended dissertation; and a URL from which a pdf of the dissertation submission can be downloaded.
  • A 1,000-word statement from the applicant identifying the relevant portion(s) of the dissertation that should be considered for the award and the applicability of the work given the criteria noted above.
  • A signed nomination letter from the dissertation committee chair or another committee member explaining the dissertation's originality and contribution to the field (pdf file preferred).
  • The applicant's CV (pdf file preferred).
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Submissions are due on October 31, 2022, by 5:00 pm Eastern United States time. Applicants will receive an acknowledgment that their submission was received and will be notified of the outcome by early December. 

Award Recipients

 

2022

Majid (Seyedmajid) Hashemi, "The Economic Value of Electricity Reliability (Clemson University, 2022) 

     
 

2021

Gabriel Englander, "Empirical Essays on Natural Resource Exploitation (University of California, Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2020) 

     
 

2020

Clayton J. Masterman, "An Empirical Analysis of Policy Responses to the Opioid Epidemic," (Vanderbilt University,  2019)


Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award

Voluntary organizations like the SBCA are created by, and thrive through, the efforts of individuals. More so than any other person, the SBCA owes its success to the efforts of Richard Zerbe. Not only did he conceive of the value that would be provided to scholars, practitioners, and society from an organization dedicated to promoting the appropriate use of BCA, he also took steps to create it. Working with the Evans School at the University of Washington and aided by the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation, he launched the SBCA with great success. The Board of Directors sought to honor his contributions by creating the Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award in 2014 to be awarded as appropriate to individuals who make significant contributions to helping the SBCA further its mission.

Award Recipients

   

2022

Jennifer Baxter
Industrial Economics, Inc.

Jennifer Baxter has furthered the mission of SBCA in multiple roles, including serving on the Board (2013-2014); serving on the Workshop Committee (2017-2019), including as its chair (2017); organizing and leading workshops (2016-2019); and by organizing multiple sessions at SBCA’s annual conferences. Most recently, she served a 3-year term (2019-2021) as one of SBCA’s executive officers, including serving as Treasurer in 2020. Under her guidance, and in collaboration with SBCA’s executive committee, she helped SBCA successfully navigate the extraordinary financial challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, including the last-minute cancellation of the Society’s in-person conference. Her flexibility and leadership when confronted with the need for major changes, including the transition to a new management team and temporary migration to an online conference, have been critical in positioning the Society for continued health and success in the coming years.

     
 

2021

Henrik Andersson
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

 

 

 

Massimo Florio
Università degli Studi di Milano

     
 

2020

Glenn Blomquist
Former Co-Editor, Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

     
 

2019

Fran Sussman
Former SBCA Board Member

     
 

2018

Susan Dudley
SBCA Past President

     
   

2017

Richard Belzer
SBCA Past Treasurer/Secretary

     
 

2016

Erika Dowd
Former SBCA Executive Director

     
 

2015

Lisa Robinson
SBCA Past President

     
 

2014

Scott Farrow
Founding Editor, Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis

     
 

2014

Richard Zerbe
SBCA Founder and Past President

 


 

Outstanding Achievement Award

In 2016, the SBCA Board of Directors created the Outstanding Achievement Award to be awarded as appropriate to individuals who make significant contributions to the field of benefit-cost analysis. 

Award Recipients

 

2021

James K. Hammitt
Harvard University 

     
 

2020

Al McGartland
National Center for Environmental Economics

     
 

2019

Maureen L. Cropper
University of Maryland

     
   

2019

Michael Jones-Lee
Newcastle University

     
   

2018

W. Kip Viscusi
Vanderbilt University

     
   

2018

David L. Weimer
University of Wisconsin, Madison

     
   

2017

Steve Aos
Washington State Institute for Public Policy

     
 

2016

Arnold Harberger
UCLA