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The role of CBA in government decision-making: international perspectives

Jointly organised by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA), the University of Milan (Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods) and the Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL).

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The workshop will act as a forum to discuss the state-of-the-art of CBA practices worldwide by bringing together institutional stakeholders, academics and practitioners. It will specifically address a comparison between the US, European, and international perspectives and experiences in carrying out the CBA of projects and policies.

Content and structure

The workshop will be structured into two parts:

  • The morning session will focus on the institutional setting of CBA. Speakers from SBCA, European Institutions (such the European Commission, European Investment Bank, Jaspers, etc.), other international organisation (e.g. OECD and World Bank) and some national institutions will be invited to provide an overview of the CBA institutional framework (e.g. CBA is mandatory for certain investment projects/sector; what is its role; ex-ante/ex-post, etc.) as well as evidence of the use of CBA in the practice.
  • The afternoon session will provide evidence from the ground about sectoral application of CBA worldwide (e.g. transport, environment, R&D, etc.) and thematic issues (e.g. risk and uncertainties, social discount rate, innovative methodological approaches for the estimation of benefits, etc.). Selected academics, professionals and practitioners with an extensive experience of sectoral application of CBA will be invited to provide a brief presentation during this session.

Scientific Committee

Susan Dudley (SBCA), Lynn Karoly (SBCA), Massimo Florio (SBCA, University of Milan and CSIL), Emile Quinet (SBCA and Paris School of Economics, Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech).

Local Organising Committee:

Massimo Florio (SBCA, University of Milan and CSIL), Silvia Vignetti (CSIL), Jessica Catalano (University of Milan and CSIL).

Costs of the workshop

The registration to the workshop is free of charge for participants to the VII edition of the Milan Summer School and SBCA members.

  • For Summer School participants: the confirmation of attendance will be asked during the application process.
  • SBCA members: more information on how to get SBCA membership are available at https://benefitcostanalysis.org/membership.
    Please send an e-mail to catalano@csilmilano.com by attaching confirmation of your SBCA membership and confirming your interest to attend this event. (Deadline for registration is August 25th, 2017).

Registration fee for non-SBCA members and non-Summer School participants is EUR 80. Please, send an e-mail to catalano@csilmilano.com for confirming your interest and getting instructions for the payment. (Deadline for registration is August 25th, 2017).

Registration to the workshop includes coffee breaks, lunch and information materials.


Palazzo Greppi
Via Sant'Antonio 12
20100 – Milano

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For more information, please contact

Jessica Catalano
Tel.: +39 02796630
Fax: +39 02780703
Email: catalano@csilmilano.com






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