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SBCA Webinar Series: All Access
7/2/2020 - 12/31/2020
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SBCA Webinar Series: Roundtable Discussion: Recent Developments in the Market for Vaping Products and the Implications for Benefit-Cost Analysis
8/11/2020 - 8/11/2020
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SBCA 2020 Workshop: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness? Techniques for Promoting the Use of Evidence & BCA Results to Policymakers
9/22/2020 - 9/23/2020
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SBCA 2020 Workshop: Introduction to Benefit-Cost Analysis for Regulatory Impact Analysis
10/5/2020 - 10/6/2020
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Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis: European Conference 2020
10/14/2020 - 10/14/2020
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Events in the month of August 2020
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8/4/2020
 -8/4/2020
SBCA Webinar Series: Surviving Judicial Review

11:00-12:30 EDT

Chair:
Jennifer Baxter, Industrial Economics, Inc.
Discussant: Jonathan Wiener, Duke University School of Law
 
Presidents have increasingly turned to administrative agencies to make substantive regulatory policy. But agency decisions are subject to judicial review, and success in those legal challenges is a key determinant of the pace—and content—of policymaking by the federal government. Please join us for a discussion of the characteristics of rulemakings and the regulatory development process affecting the likelihood that new rules will withstand legal scrutiny. We’ll also discuss the impact of recent court rulings on the content and quality of the economic analyses produced by federal administrative agencies.  Our webinar chair is Jennifer Baxter of Industrial Economics, Incorporated and includes presentations by three speakers and a discussant:
 

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8/11/2020
 -8/11/2020
SBCA Webinar Series: Roundtable Discussion: Recent Developments in the Market for Vaping Products and the Implications for Benefit-Cost Analysis

August 11, 2020

Chair: 
Donald Kenkel, Cornell University

Since the introduction of electronic cigarettes around 2007, vaping e-cigarettes has become increasingly popular in the U.S. From the outset, the implications for public health have been controversial. E-cigarettes provide users with the addictive chemical nicotine but without exposing them to the harmful combustion-generated toxicants in cigarette smoke. On the one hand, because smoking combustible cigarettes is estimated to lead to over 400,000 deaths each year, e-cigarettes have great potential as a harm reduction strategy. In particular, evidence from randomized clinical trials suggests that vaping e-cigarettes helps adult smokers quit. On the other hand, the growing popularity of vaping among adolescents raises concerns about nicotine addiction and the possibility that vaping might serve as a gateway into smoking. Recent developments make the tradeoffs even more stark. In August 2019 reports began to emerge of lung injury associated with e-cigarette products. As of September 24 2019 the CDC reported 805 confirmed and probable cases of vaping-related lung injury and 12 deaths. In addition to responding to the immediate crisis, there is renewed interest at the Federal, state, and local levels in regulatory policies to reduce adolescent vaping. Some cities and New York State have already banned flavored e-cigarettes, which have been especially popular among adolescents.

The round table participants will discuss the rapidly evolving developments in the market for vaping products and the implications for benefit-cost analysis of tobacco regulatory policies. In their research completed prior to the current health crisis, the participants have helped shed light on the policy tradeoffs involved in regulating e-cigarettes. The participants will draw on their own research and the research literature to discuss the recent market developments. The discussion will include new evidence from online national surveys of adults' perceptions of the risks of vaping and their awareness of the current acute crisis of vaping-related lung illness. The surveys are being conducted in Fall 2019 in the midst of the acute crisis.

Panel:

  • Hua Wang, Cornell University
  • W. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University
  • Michael Pesko, Georgia State University
  • Ayda Yurekli, Foundation for a Smoke Free World
Location: Zoom

Zoom details will be provided leading up to the event.

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