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Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis: European Conference 2019

July 2019, 

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis has announced its first European Conference. The SBCA European Conference will be held on 26-27 November 2019, at the Toulouse School of Economics.

The conference welcomes submissions on topics closely related to Cost-Benefit Analysis such as non-market valuation, discounting, equity, social policy, regulation, implementation of CBA. Applications to any public policy area, such are environment, transport, health, energy, are encouraged.



Submissions of abstracts: 10 July 2019;

Notification of Acceptance: 20 August 2019

Early Bird Registration & Confirmation of Participation: 30 September 2019.



To register, use this link. For more information, visit the Conference website or contact


Guidelines for submissions and proposals

Individual submissions

The SBCA invites to submit an extended abstract (2-4 pages or 400-800 words) that contains title, author(s), research question, methodology, expected results and references. Abstract can cover either empirical or theoretical research. It is possible to submit more than one abstract, but the maximum number of presentations per person in parallel sessions (not including policy sessions or panels) is limited to one. To be included in the program presenters need to be registered for the conference by September 30 (confirmation of participation).

  • To highlight this first SBCA European Conference, a special symposium is planned in the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. Speakers interested in submitting their work for the special JBCA symposium are recommended to state this as part of submitting their abstract since it will allow for an early decision whether the topic of the study is suitable for the symposium. Papers selected for the symposium will then undergo the standard JBCA peer-review process before the final decision is taken. The deadline to submit full papers for the symposium will be January 10, 2020. If a conference paper is not selected for the symposium, the authors are free to send their paper to the JBCA following the standard submission process.

Policy session/Panel proposals

The SBCA also invites to propose a policy session or a panel. The aim of policy sessions and panels is to advance the use of benefit-cost analysis to support policy-making and to highlight current questions of major importance either in policy-making or research. The objective is to provide a forum of exchange between policy-makers and academics and the sessions/panels are expected to be of interest to a broad audience. The expected format is short presentations followed by panel/roundtable discussions, and they are expected to include 3-4 contributions. Information:

Submissions should include the following information:

  • Proposed title of the session/panel
  • Name(s) of organizer(s)
  • A short description of the theme and its relevance
  • For each speaker/contributor a short bio and a short statement of this person’s contribution to the session.

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis. CSIL is affiliated to the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.