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Aims and Scope

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA) seeks to improve the analytical practice of benefit-cost analysis and to expand scholarly knowledge. Its scope includes topics in social policy such as education, crime, poverty, and employment; as well as in environment, health, energy, natural hazards, terrorism, defense, and other areas to which benefit-cost analysis and related tools can be applied. Articles that skillfully apply benefit-cost tools are especially encouraged as are theoretical papers with some link to empirical application. All levels of analysis are sought: international, national, state, regional, and local. Authors focusing on principles and standards, reviews of areas of application, and shorter pieces that demonstrate implementable "skills of the trade," are also encouraged but they should contact the Editor at JBCA@umbc.edu prior to submission.


Harberger Award to Greenberg, Deitch, and Hamilton for best retrospective paper
The JBCA is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Arnold Harberger Prize for Retrospective Analysis in honor of Professor Harberger’s legacy of benefit-cost work with high standards for relevance and impact. The award and an honorarium of $2,100 for the best  retrospective paper published in the JBCA goes to David Greenberg, Victoria Deitch, and Gayle Hamilton for their synthesis of welfare-to-work studies (JBCA, 1:1) with its analysis that is clear, relevant, and useful for policy guidance. Honorable mention was awarded to Chris Rohlfs (JBCA, 3:3) for his elegant study of the benefits and costs of the military draft.


The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis is soliciting proposals for occasional special issues. The short proposal should include the thematic topic, a preliminary set of papers and authors, and reasoning for its suitability for the JBCA. The author of the proposal will be a guest editor. Submissions and queries received at JBCA@umbc.edu.


Supplementary Information

Type of Publication:

Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA) uniquely focuses on the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis and related evaluation methods. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical investigations and case studies in applied welfare economics, law, and policy when they utilize or are relevant to benefit-cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, risk-benefit analysis, and related analytical tools. JBCA is sponsored by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, an international organization of scholars and practitioners committed to improving benefit-cost analysis. The journal is supported by leading international scholars and practitioners serving on the Editorial Board.

Publication History

3–4 issues/year
Content available since 2010 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 2152-2812

Submission of Manuscripts

The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis is soliciting proposals for occasional special issues. The short proposal should include the thematic topic, a preliminary set of papers and authors, and reasoning for its suitability for the JBCA. The author of the proposal will be a guest editor. Submissions and queries received at jbca@umbc.edu.

Instructions for Authors

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered ready for publication.

The entire manuscript submission and review process is handled through an online system named ScholarOne. All manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgjbca


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Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Publishers assume that no conflict of interest exists.

Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.



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  • Alexandra Griswold
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Glenn C. Blomquist, University of Kentucky

William H. Hoyt, University of Kentucky

Managing Editor

Mary Kokoski, University of Kentucky

Editorial Board:

Trudy Cameron, University of Oregon
Mark Cohen, Vanderbilt University and Resources for the Future
Joe Cordes, George Washington University
Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland
Scott Farrow, UMBC
Art Fraas, Resources for the Future
John Graham, Indiana University
Robert Hahn, University of Manchester & University of Oxford
Arnold Harberger, UCLA
Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin
Lynn Karoly, RAND Corporation
Eric Posner, University of Chicago
Richard Revesz, New York University
Lisa Robinson, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
David Salkever, UMBC
W. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University
David Weimer, University of Wisconsin
Richard Zerbe, University of Washington

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