The Society of Benefit Cost Analysis (SBCA) honored La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer with its Outstanding Achievement Award on March 16. Weimer, the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of benefit cost analysis.
“This award celebrates Dave’s towering contributions to benefit-cost analysis and public policy education, including several influential textbooks,” said La Follette School Director and Professor Don Moynihan. “His outstanding scholarship and teaching are beyond compare.”
The award citation highlighted his highly regarded educational resources, excellence in teaching, professional organization leadership, and substantial contributions to research.
Weimer has written, co-authored, or edited more than a dozen books, including Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice, and Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice. His latest book – Behavioral Economics for Cost-Benefit Analysis – introduces the concept of benefit validity as a criterion for estimating benefits from observed or stated preference studies and provides practical guidelines to help analysts accommodate behavioral findings.
In 2017, Weimer received UW–Madison’s prestigious Hilldale Award in the Social Studies and the Excellence in Mentoring Award in the Field of Public Policy from the American Political Science. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation honored him in 2012 with a Named Professorship.
A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Weimer served as president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2006 and president of the SBCA in 2013.
Weimer received his doctorate degree in public policy from the University of California-Berkeley. His research focuses broadly on policy craft and institutional design. Although most of his recent research has addressed issues in health policy, he has done policy-relevant research in the areas of energy security, natural resource policy, education, criminal justice, and research methods.