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Cambridge University Press
09 August 2018
Cost accounting; Management accounting & bookkeeping
Cost-Benefit Analysis provides accessible, comprehensive, authoritative, and practical treatments of the protocols for assessing the relative efficiency of public policies. Its review of essential concepts from microeconomics, and its sophisticated treatment of important topics with minimal use of mathematics helps students from a variety of backgrounds build solid conceptual foundations. It provides thorough treatments of time discounting, dealing with contingent uncertainty using expected surpluses and option prices, taking account of parameter uncertainties using Monte Carlo simulation and other types of sensitivity analyses, revealed preference approaches, stated preference methods including contingent valuation, and other related methods. Updated to cover contemporary research, this edition is considerably reorganized to aid in student and practitioner understanding, and includes eight new cases to demonstrate the actual practice of cost-benefit analysis. Widely cited, it is recognized as an authoritative source on cost-benefit analysis. Illustrations, exhibits, chapter exercises, and case studies help students master concepts and develop craft skills.
By:   Anthony E. Boardman (University of British Columbia Vancouver), David H. Greenberg (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Aidan R. Vining (Simon Fraser University, British Columbia), David L. Weimer (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   5th Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 247mm,  Width: 191mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   1.290kg
ISBN:   9781108401296
ISBN 10:   1108401295
Pages:   520
Publication Date:   09 August 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction to cost-benefit analysis; 2. Conceptual foundations of cost-benefit analysis; 3. Microeconomic foundations of cost-benefit analysis; 4. Valuing impacts from observed behavior: direct estimation of demand schedules; Case: use of demand schedules in regulatory impact analyses; 5. Valuing impacts in output markets; 6. Valuing impacts in input markets; 7. Valuing impacts in secondary markets; 8. Predicting and monetizing impacts; Case: WSIPP CBA of the nurse-family partnership program; 9. Discounting future impacts and handling inflation; Case: a CBA of the North-East mine development project; 10. The social discount rate; 11. Dealing with uncertainty: expected values, sensitivity analysis, and the value of information; Case: using Monte Carlo simulation: assessing the net benefits of early detection of Alzheimer's Disease; 12. Risk, option price and option value; 13. Existence value; 14. Valuing impacts from observed behavior: experiments and quasi experiments; Case: findings from CBAs of welfare-to-work programs; 15. Valuing impacts from observed behavior: indirect market methods; 16. Contingent valuation: using surveys to elicit information about costs and benefits; Case: using contingent valuation to estimate benefits from higher education; 17. Shadow prices from secondary sources; Case: shadow pricing a high school diploma; 18. Cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-utility analysis; 19. Distributionally weighted CBA; Case: the Tulsa IDA account program; 20. How accurate is CBA?

Anthony E. Boardman is a professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. With colleagues, he has won the Peter Larkin Award, the Alan Blizzard Award, the John Vanderkamp prize, and the J. E. Hodgetts Award. He has also been a consultant to many leading public sector and private sector organisations, including the Government of Canada and the Inter-American Development Bank. He served two terms on the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board and is currently on the Board of the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability. David H. Greenberg is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is a labor economist and cost-benefit analyst who received his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to UMBC, he worked for the Rand Corporation, SRI International, and the US Department of Health and Human Services. He has taught courses in cost-benefit analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, George Washington University, Budapest University of Economic Science, and the Central European University, Budapest. He is a long time consultant to MDRC, Abt Associates and other research organizations. Aidan R. Vining is the CNABS Professor of Business and Government Relations at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. With co-authors, he is a winner of the John Vanderkamp prize (Canadian Economics Association) and the J. E. Hodgetts Award (Institute of Public Administration of Canada). With David Weimer, he is the co-author of Policy Analysis; Concepts and Practice (2017). David L. Weimer is the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2006 and president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis in 2013. He is a past editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and currently serves on many editorial boards. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Reviews for Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice

'For measuring the social returns to public investments, this is the preeminent source of wisdom and guidance by the recognized experts. The fifth edition of Cost-Benefit Analysis must surely be designated as the classic treatment on the topic, encyclopedic in its coverage and authoritative in its wisdom.' Henry M. Levin, William Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Columbia University and David Jacks Professor of Education and Economics, Emeritus, Stanford University 'What makes this manual unique is the extensive combination of basic microeconomics concepts with a wide range of worked examples, case studies, references to empirical literature, and helpful exercises. The new edition provides a better flow of the arguments and a richer selection of material from real world applications to project and policy evaluation.' Massimo Florio Florio, Universita degli Studi di Milano and former Scientific Coordinator, European Commission 'With up-to-date analyses and examples from across social and environmental studies, this new edition reaffirms the book's position as the premier rigorous treatment of cost-benefit analysis for researchers, policy professionals, and decision-makers.' Clive Belfield, Queens College, City University of New York 'For measuring the social returns to public investments, this is the preeminent source of wisdom and guidance by the recognized experts. The fifth edition of Cost-Benefit Analysis must surely be designated as the classic treatment on the topic, encyclopedic in its coverage and authoritative in its wisdom.' Henry M. Levin, William Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education, Columbia University and David Jacks Professor of Education and Economics, Emeritus, Stanford University 'What makes this manual unique is the extensive combination of basic microeconomics concepts with a wide range of worked examples, case studies, references to empirical literature, and helpful exercises. The new edition provides a better flow of the arguments and a richer selection of material from real world applications to project and policy evaluation.' Massimo Florio Florio, Universita degli Studi di Milano and former Scientific Coordinator, European Commission 'With up-to-date analyses and examples from across social and environmental studies, this new edition reaffirms the book's position as the premier rigorous treatment of cost-benefit analysis for researchers, policy professionals, and decision-makers.' Clive Belfield, Queens College, City University of New York


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