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2020 Society Webinar Series

The Society for Benefit-Cost webinar series features new material and a few presentations originally scheduled for our March 2020 Annual Meeting. These presentations are free to Society members and (with limited exceptions) available to nonmembers for a fee. The list of past and future webinars is below along with information about how to view a recording (for past webinars) or to register.

If you find the Societys resources useful and want to support the benefit-cost analysis field, please consider becoming a member or making a donation.

The Society is planning to offer 6 webinars between July-December 2020.

All individual webinars will be free to SBCA members.
All individual webinars will be available to non-members at $35 per session.
Non-members can also bundle all 6 of the webinars for the $140.

Assessing Ways of Saving Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A conversation with Kip Viscusi. June 30, 2020

A recording of this free webinar is available here.


W. Kip Viscusi Kip is a pioneer in developing the key concept used in assessing policy decisions involve tradeoffs between economic activity and mortality risks: the value of a statistical life. Kip is the University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management at Vanderbilt Law School, a former president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, and author of the book: Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society.

Tom Kniesner -- Tom is a university professor at the Claremont Graduate University, School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation and editor of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. Toms research looks at the level and distribution of the economic benefits of life-saving government regulations.

Surviving Judicial Review. August 4, 2020

Registration opening soon.

Chair: Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics, Inc.

Discussant: Jonathan Wiener, Duke University School of Law


  • An Empirical Analysis of Legal Challenges to Regulatory Policymaking Under Trump; Bethany Davis Noll, NYU School of Law - Institute for Policy Integrity
  • Trump, Deregulation, the Courts, and Benefit-Cost Analysis; John Graham, Indiana University
  • Economic Analysis and Litigation Risk; Jerry Ellig, GWU Regulatory Studies Center

Roundtable Discussion Recent Developments in the Market for Vaping Products and the Implications for Benefit-Cost Analysis. August 11, 2020

Registration opening soon.

Chair: Donald Kenkel, Cornell University


  • Hua Wang, Cornell University
  • W. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University
  • Michael Pesko, Georgia State University
  • Ayda Yurekli, Foundation for a Smoke Free World

More to come