The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis (JBCA) explores whether government programs that benefit individuals improve the broader well-being of society. The issue analyzes practical cases, among them a program in which employers provide healthy meals to employees and an analysis of the socio-economic benefits and costs of intensified management measures in forestry. The journal, published by the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and supported by MacArthur, seeks to improve the analytical practice of benefit-cost analysis and to expand scholarly knowledge in the field. Its scope includes topics in social policy such as education, poverty, and employment; as well as in environment, health, defense, and other areas to which benefit-cost analysis and related tools can be applied.
The Power of Measuring Social Benefits
The Power of Measuring Social Benefits is a $35 million policy research initiative that seeks to test the hypothesis that effective social policies that invest in individuals in need or at risk not only improve their life chances, but in many instances benefit the larger society and generate public returns long after assistance has ended.