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SBCA 2020 Online Workshops

2020 Society Workshop Series

SBCA is pleased to announce that it will deliver several online workshops beginning this September.

Faculty will include world-class authorities from the field of benefit-cost analysis. To enhance the online learning experience, each workshop will be spread over multiple days, and make use of interactive features to facilitate direct engagement with faculty, allow for small-group discussion, and create dynamic, online learning experiences tailored to the needs of participants.
 

Upcoming Workshops

 
Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analysis
October 5 & 6, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm EDT
See additional information below.
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Valuing Changes in Health and Longevity
January 25 & 26, 2021, 2:00-4:00 pm EDT
See additional information below.
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Please Note
Registration will be capped to ensure tailored learning experiences for all participants. Please register soon to ensure your spot. Descriptions of workshops are below. Check back here periodically for additional information related to the workshops and for additional offerings.

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Workshop Descriptions
 
Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analysis
 
Description:
Benefit-cost analysis is used around the world to assess regulatory impacts. This workshop introduces the use of Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) in the Federal government. The topics will include issues of identifying the market failure, establishing the correct baseline, choosing the policy options, estimating benefits, estimating costs, and identifying transfers. The focus will on analyses of U.S. environmental, health, and safety regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the last two decades, but the concepts and practices we discuss are equally applicable to analyses conducted in other policy areas and in other countries or at a sub-national level. The workshop will be structured as an overarching presentation with examples from past EPA RIAs used as practical example to be discussed by the participants.
 
This workshop is intended for both economists and other practitioners who have a working knowledge of Benefit-Cost Analysis and the general concept of measuring welfare effects. This working knowledge will then be applied to the Regulatory Impact Analysis context. The two presenters are seasoned practitioners with substantial experience in conducting these analyses at the EPA.
 
The workshop will be presented in two 2 hour sessions. Prior to the workshop, we will circulate a set of optional readings.
 
Materials: The workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation and handouts for examples. All data for the examples will be provided in the handouts or on the slides..

Presenters:
Charles Griffiths, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Chris Dockins, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

About the presenters:
Chris Dockins earned his PhD in Economics at Duke University, focusing on Environmental Economics and Public Finance. At the EPA he has helped develop benefit-cost analyses for EPA's air, water, hazardous waste, and chemicals regulations, performed and published research on related topics, and directed a division of scientists in EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics. He also teaches benefit-cost analysis at Johns Hopkins University and environmental economics at the University of Maryland.
 
Charles Griffiths earned his PhD in Economics at the University of Maryland. At the EPA he has worked on the estimation of the social cost of carbon and helped develop benefit-cost analysis for EPA’s air, water, and chemical regulation. He has conducted research on climate change, health risks, water regulations, air regulations, and voluntary programs and was a Senior Economist for Environment, Energy, and Agriculture at the President's Council of Economic Advisors. He also teaches benefit-cost analysis at Johns Hopkins University and environmental economics at the University of Maryland.

Dates and Times:
October 5 & 6, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm EDT

The workshop will be delivered via Zoom using interactive learning formats that combine lecture presentations with question and answer, discussion, and hands-on learning.

Fee
$300 per person
Register Online
 

Valuing Changes in Health and Longevity

Description:
Improved health and longevity are the major goals of many interventions and programs, and often account for the majority of the quantified benefits of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations. Because the associated risk reductions are not directly bought and sold in the marketplace, economists have developed a range of methods to estimate their value, based on individuals' willingness to pay (WTP) for the benefits they receive. For longevity, the primary challenge is determining how to best use the available valuation research to value reductions in fatal risks. For nonfatal health outcomes, relatively little valuation research is available and the primary challenges relate to the use of proxy measures. These proxies include monetized estimates of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) or disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and estimates of the averted direct and indirect costs of illness (COI). 

In this workshop, we will define and describe the concepts and the methods used for valuation. We will discuss and illustrate how these values are applied in benefit-cost analysis, including related guidance. To the extent possible, we will focus on estimates applicable in the contexts of interest to workshop participants, discussing common defaults and practices in different countries and different policy areas. The workshop will combine presentations with substantial opportunities for discussion. Participants will develop a basic understanding of economic valuation measures and their application.
 
About the presenters:
Lisa A. Robinson is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Decision Science and also affiliated with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. She has led numerous assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents. She is a past President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.
 
Chris Dockins is a senior economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He helped develop benefit-cost analyses for EPA's air, water, hazardous waste, and chemicals regulations with a particular focus on estimating and valuing changes in health risks. He has conducted and published research on related topics, and is a former director of the Science Policy and Analysis Division within EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics. He also teaches benefit-cost analysis at Johns Hopkins University and environmental economics at the University of Maryland. He has PhD in Economics from Duke University.

Sandra Hoffmann is a research economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. Her research focuses on health valuation, particularly related to air pollution and foodborne infectious disease. She has conducted stated preference survey research and developed human capital, cost of illness, and QALY estimates. She is responsible for USDA’s estimates of the economic burden of foodborne disease and recently worked on a World Health Organization initiative to develop the first estimates of the global burden of foodborne disease. Her Ph.D. is in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California-Berkeley.
 
Stephen Resch is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Trained as a health decision scientist, his primary research interests are health resource allocation, operational efficiency of health care service delivery, and the adaptation of decision analytic methods to global public health challenges. He has developed costing tools and computer-based simulation models to support resource allocation decisions and economic evaluation of interventions in several areas of public health including HIV, tuberculosis, maternal mortality, malnutrition, surgery, dental care, and immunization. 

Dates and Times:
January 25 & 26, 2021, 2:00-4:00 pm EDT

The workshop will be delivered via Zoom using interactive learning formats that combine lecture presentations with question and answer, discussion, and hands-on learning. 

Fee: $300 per person
Register Online


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