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 10/13/21 - 10/14/21

CBA for U.S. Regulatory Impact Statements
(Co-sponsored by the Society for Risk Analysis Economics and Benefits Analysis Specialty Group)

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. health, and safety regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, with further examples from 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 RIAs used as a practical examples 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 presenters are seasoned practitioners with substantial experience in conducting these analyses for federal regulatory actions.


09/17/21 - 09/17/21

Benefit-Cost Analysis for Beginners

This short course will provide an introduction for 'beginners' who have not previously had formal instruction in BCA. It is designed to help those who encounter BCA to better understand its purpose and methods as well as those who are curious about how it might be useful in their work. Although some prior exposure to economics would be helpful, the workshop is designed to be accessible to a general audience. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees should have a clear understanding of the purpose, underlying concepts, strengths, and weaknesses of BCA.
The workshop will compare BCA to other analytical approaches commonly employed by policy analysts to put it into perspective. It will also introduce and explain a number of key BCA concepts including standing (whose costs and benefits count), incremental costs and benefits (clear alternatives to current policy), opportunity cost (what we give up to do the alternative), willingness to pay (how much people value the impacts of the alternative), 'shadow prices' (monetizing impacts), discounting (taking account of the timing of costs and benefits), and sensitivity analysis (taking account of uncertainty). Several examples of BCAs will be distributed prior to the workshop to provide illustrations of concepts and facilitate discussion among attendees.



07/12/21 - 07/13/21
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Health Interventions

Cost-Benefit Analysis is increasingly being used to assess the impacts of the environment on human health. The workshop will provide a step-by-step practical guide to the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Health Interventions.  During the workshop, we will discuss and illustrate how to conduct a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) using existing guidelines from different countries (EPA, UK guidelines for CBA, and WHO guide for cost-effectiveness analysis of environmental health interventions).  The workshop will start with a description of the economics behind CBA and will combine practical case studies with substantial opportunities for discussion. Participants will develop a basic understanding of Cost-Benefit Analysis and its application to a wide range of environmental health interventions (e.g. remediation of polluted sites, interventions targeting air pollution, etc).


05/03/21 - 05/07/21
Benefit-Cost Analysis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This online workshop addresses the use of benefit-cost analysis to evaluate policies for improving health and longevity in low- and middle-income countries, focusing on practical application. Participants will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts that underlie benefit-cost analysis, consider its advantages and limitations, explore its major components and what each should include, and gain familiarity with default estimates for valuing changes in health and longevity.
The workshop is based on “Reference Case Guidelines for Benefit-Cost Analysis in Global Health and Development,” funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These guidelines are intended to increase the comparability of these analyses, improve their quality, and expand their use. The workshop combines presentation with substantial opportunities for interaction and discussion, including case studies. It is designed for those with relatively little experience conducting or reviewing these analyses, although some familiarity with approaches for economic evaluation is desirable. The workshop is intended for cost-effectiveness analysts as well as benefit-cost analysis practitioners, and scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders who want to increase their understanding of benefit-cost analysis and its application to public health issues globally.

04/13/21 - 04/14/21
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence and BCA Results to Policymakers

There are increasing calls for government officials to use benefit-cost analysis (BCA) and related forms of evidence to inform budget and policy decisions. Yet, as the intended consumers of BCA, policymakers are typically unfamiliar with the concepts, assumptions, and methods used to carry out these studies, which can cause confusion or dismissal of findings. It is critical for analysts to know how to present BCA findings and related evidence in a clear and convincing manner. It is also vital for analysts to build effective long-term relationships to gain the trust of policymakers, and to help them devise policy levers that promote the ongoing use of BCA results and related evidence into the policy process.
This workshop will train participants on ways to effectively bring BCA results and related evidence to government officials in the fast-paced policy process and to help build a culture of evidence use within the executive and legislative branches. The presenters bring decades of experience working with public leaders and their key staff as well as best practices gained from working with federal and state governments in the United States, and other national governments, to promote evidence-based policymaking.
The topics include effective modes of communicating complex findings to policymakers through presentations, reports, in-person briefings, and social media. It also includes effective approaches for building partnerships with policymakers and their key staff to gain the confidence and support of these key stakeholders and discussion of proven mechanisms for promoting the use of BCA and rigorous evidence in the policy and budget processes. This 2-day workshop includes a mixture of lecture-style presentations, discussion, and hands-on problem-solving. Participants will be asked to bring a sample of their work as well as practical questions to collaborate on with the facilitators.