Monday, May 2, 2011

Call for Papers: Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis annual conference

Abstracts due June 15, 2011

2011 Annual Conference and Meeting of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis: Expanding the Scope of Benefit-Cost Analysis: Practical Applications and Analytical Frontiers

October 21-22, 2011 at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis promotes the development and appropriate application of benefit-cost analysis to a broad range of public policy issues. This year, our Fourth Annual Conference and Meeting continues the focus of past conferences on the practical use of Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) in a variety of institutional and national settings, with special attention to the role of BCA in both prospective and retrospective program evaluation; and to broadening and improving measurement of benefits and/or costs. As always, we welcome abstracts on any topic related to improving the use of benefit-cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, risk-benefit analysis, applied welfare economic analysis, and damage assessments in policy settings, from scholars, practitioners, and others interested in these areas who wish to present research at the conference.
Some examples of areas of interest including the following: - Developing innovative analytic tools and testing their application in case studies
- Extending the use of benefit-cost analysis to new policy areas
- Improving the use of benefit-cost analysis in decisionmaking
- Incorporating research on happiness, life-satisfaction
- Behavioral economics
- Developing principles and standards for benefit-cost analysis
- Determining the appropriate treatment of discounting
- Assessing and accounting for risk and uncertainty
- Valuing costs and benefits and assessing distributional impacts
- Incorporating moral sentiments and equity considerations
- The role of retrospective benefit cost analysis in program evaluation and policy analysis
- Evaluating the use of benefit-cost analysis in practice in the U.S. and other countries
- Communicating analytic results effectively

Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and provide adequate detail on the content of the research. Proposals for panels that include three to four speakers are also welcome, and should include a summary of the overall focus of the panel as well as a 200-300 word abstract for each presentation. Note that the program committee reserves the right to select the panel abstracts and to reorganize the panels as needed. Submission of an abstract is viewed as a firm commitment to participate in the conference if accepted.

Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted as email attachments in Word document (.doc) format to along with complete contact information for all prospective presenters (name, title, affiliation, email, phone, and address), by June 15, 2011. Please write "Abstract: SBCA 2011" in the subject of the email.

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2011 Conference Program Committee
Joseph Cordes, Coordinator (The George Washington University), Glenn Jenkins (Queens University, Canada and Eastern Mediterranean University, Northern Cyprus). Clive Belfield, (City University of New York), Elena Ryan, (U.S. Department of Homeland Security), Trudy Ann Cameron (University of Oregon), and Tony Homan (U.S. Department of Transportation)

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