Cost-Benefit Analysis (4th Edition) by Anthony Boardman

By Anthony Boardman

A realistic advent to cost-benefit research via challenge fixing.

This authoritative, market-leading textual content is understood for its constant software of a nine-step framework for engaging in or analyzing a cost-benefit research.

This variation incorporates a variety of chapters which have been revised and reorganized to make the fabric clearer and extra accessible.

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Currently owned government assets may simply be ignored. ”21 Spenders tend to favor large, irreversible, capital-intensive projects, such as urban rail systems, over reversible, less capital intensive projects, such as buses. There are immediate, significant construction job creation benefits. Also, once the infrastructure is in place, it cannot be easily redeployed to other uses, so the system will almost certainly remain in operation, and constituents are guaranteed to receive 20 PART I Overview some benefits.

Another manifestation of the same mistake concerns the treatment of resources currently owned by the government, such as offices or land. Guardians tend to treat these resources as free because using them for a project does not entail additional budgetary outlay. They ignore the value of these resources in other uses. Guardians ignore costs not borne by their government. Thus, they ignore the loss suffered by British Columbians from paying tolls and treat all toll revenues as a benefit. In CBA tolls are a transfer from travelers to the government: offsetting costs and benefits result in net benefits of zero.

S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct CBAs for flood control and harbor deepening projects. A big impetus to the use of CBA was given by the Bureau of Budget’s Circular A-47 of 1952 and academic work by Otto Eckstein, John Krutilla, and others. 24 In the mid 1960s it was picked up and promoted by Barbara Castle when she was Minister of Transport in the UK. By the end of the 1960s it had spread around the world and was used in both developed and developing countries. Because of its importance in developing countries we devote Chapter 17 to that topic.

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