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SBCA Webinars

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis offers the following webinars free to Society members. Most are available to non-members for a small fee Bundle all six and save! If you find the Society's resources useful and want to support the benefit-cost analysis field, please consider becoming a member or making a donation.

Upcoming Webinars

January 12. 2021
12:00-1:00 ET

Evaluation Pitfalls: Hints for Designing and Conducting Program Evaluations

Presented by Craig Thornton and Tom Kniesner

This nontechnical webinar uses examples from past program evaluations to highlight several pitfalls that can lead analysts to misjudge how much a specific program or policy will change people’s behavior. These examples will be particularly useful to people who request or use evaluations in the policy development process. Program evaluators may also find these examples useful when they need to illustrate the importance of key design choices. Overall, the webinar will highlight how easy it can be for even well-informed analysts, to make mistakes and will provide a checklist to help avoid those mistakes. 

Speakers:

  • Craig Thornton, President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and Senior Fellow Emeritus with Mathematica Policy Research. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Dr. Thornton has designed and implemented dozens of major program evaluations in the fields of health, disability, employment, education, training, child welfare, and criminal justice. Throughout these evaluations, he has looked to integrate rigorous estimates of program effects into benefit-cost analyses.  
  • Thomas Kniesner, editor of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis and University Professor at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Kniesner brings a broad perspective spanning policy and academic issues as well as specialized expertise in the econometric examination of labor and health economic issues.
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Past Webinars

June 30, 2020

Assessing Ways of Saving Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Conversation with Kip Viscusi

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August 4, 2020

Surviving Judicial Review

Panelists: Bethany Davis Noll (New York University School of Law, Institute for Policy Integrity), Dr. John Graham (Indiana University, Paul H. ONeill School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Dr. Jerry Ellig (The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center) and Jonathan Wiener (Duke Law School)

Chair: Jennifer Baxter (Industrial Economics, Inc.)

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August 11, 2020

Roundtable Discussion: Recent Developments in the Market for Vaping Products and the Implications for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Panelists: Alan Mathios (Cornell University), Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt University), Michael Pesko, (Georgia State University) and Ayda Yurekli (Foundation for a Smoke Free World)

Chair: Donald Kenkel (Cornell University)

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September 29, 2020

Analyzing and Presenting the Uncertainty in Benefit-Cost Analysis

Panelists: Susan Dudley (George Washington UniversitY Regulatory Studies Center), Nancy Bergeron (Measurement Canada & CBA Community of Practice of the Community of Federal Regulators), David Long (Princeton Policy Associates), Clark Nardinelli (SBCA Past President and Former Chief Economist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and Randall Lutter (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Chair: Craig Thornton (SBCA President and Senior Fellow Emeritus, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.)

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November 10, 2020

The 20,000 Foot View, Really! (Advancing the Evaluation of the Socio-Economic Benefits of Earth Observation)

Panelists: Massimo Florio (Department of Economics, Management, Quantitative Methods, Universita degli Studi di Milano), Bethany Mabee (Resources for the Future), Valentina Morretta (Department of Economics, Management, Quantitative Methods, Universita degli Studi di Milano) and and Yusuke Kuwayama (Resources for the Future)

Massimo Florio (Department of Economics, Management, Quantitative Methods, Universita degli Studi di Milano)

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December 15, 2020

Benefit-Cost Analysis in State Government Budget Planning

Panelists: Jon Courtney and Micaela Fischer (New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee), Nathaniel Inglis Steinfeld (Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council),  Adam Groner (Illinois Governor’s Office of Management and Budget) and Carrie Hollis (North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management)

Chair: Steven Lize (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

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