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Author Fuguitt, Diana.

Title Cost-benefit analysis for public sector decision makers / Diana Fuguitt and Shanton J. Wilcox
Published Westport, Conn. ; London : Quorum, 1999


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Description xiv, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents I. Cost-Benefit Analysis in Practice. 1. A History of Application. 2. The Decision Maker, the Analyst and Cost-Benefit Analysis. 3. Policy Advocates and Adversaries: Scrutiny and Accountability -- II. How to Do Cost-Benefit Analysis. 4. Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis. 5. Economic Valuation of Individual Preferences. 6. Who Is Society? 7. "With and Without" Analysis. 8. Aggregate Benefits and Costs. 9. Present Value of Benefits and Costs Distributed over Time. 10. Decision Criteria. 11. Discount Rate. 12. Inflation. 13. Time Horizon. 14. Uncertainty and Risk. 15. Principles of Cost-Benefit Analysis -- III. Benefits and Costs: Identification and Valuation. 16. Identifying Benefits and Costs. 17. Market Valuation. 18. Contingent Valuation Method. 19. Travel Cost Method. 20. Hedonic Pricing Method: Property Value Approach. 21. Valuation of Human Life. 22. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. 23. Principles for Identifying and Valuing Benefits and Costs
Summary Annotation. <p>Fuguitt and Wilcox skillfully guide analysts, public sector managers, and students of decision-making through a full range of the essential steps to perform, interpret, and assess cost-benefit analysis. Their book shows how to grasp the principles of cost-benefit analysis and several related economic valuation methods, how to apply them in undertaking an objective analysis, and how to use the analysis as a decision-making tool across a wide range of fields and applications. An extensive knowledge of economic theory, calculus or advanced graphical analysis is not needed to understand the principles or techniques. Accessible to those who understand basic algebra and have a beginner's hold on statistics, the book also provides a bridge to the more advanced literature in economics and to other analyses used to perform sophisticated valuations. A unique, much-needed presentation of all that is required to gain an immediate, useful understanding of the topic.</p><p></p><p>The authors explain basic economic concepts and show how they are relevant to understanding an analytical approach. They enumerate principles and detail such technical components as with and without analysis, discounting, decision criteria and uncertainty assessment. The book provides especially extensive coverage of the contingent valuation method along with market valuation, the travel cost and property value methods, human life valuation, and cost-effectiveness analysis. They explain empirical methods used to perform these valuation techniques and cover survey and regression analysis as well. Most importantly, Fuguitt and Wilcox treat the topic within its real-world context—as a decision-making tool to assess a particular policy's efficiency and to provide the decision maker with necessary information. Trade-offs between efficiency and other policy objectives are also addressed, as is the interdisciplinary setting within which cost-benefit analysis is interpreted, enabling readers to understand that policy advocates and adversaries bring their own values and competing interests to bear on any decision-making process.</p>
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Public administration -- Decision making.
Public administration -- Cost effectiveness.
Author Wilcox, Shanton J., 1973-
LC no. 99018646
ISBN 1567202225 alkaline paper
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