Benefit–cost analysis is at heart a subject of practicality and usefulness. With this in mind, the author has chosen to discuss the most relevant previously published articles. Having explored the theoretical and ethical underpinnings of the subject, the research review then addresses some major policy issues and debates. These include the institutional arrangements through which benefit–cost analyses would be most useful to the policy and decision process, the need for a set of principles and standards to unify benefit–cost analysis methods, the use of general equilibrium analysis and the proper treatment of uncertainty and risk.
About this Research Review
About Elgar Research Reviews
Elgar Research Reviews consist of two principal components: a scholarly Review Article and a list of Recommended Readings.
The Review Article prepared by a leading scholar introduces the relevant field of academic study by making reference to the seminal and most transformative articles within that field. This piece sets in context the readings that follow, illustrating how they have shaped the scholarship and why they are important to the development of the field. The Recommended Readings have full references to facilitate further research.
Using the reference links provided
If your library has provided their library link resolver location then we have included a hyperlink under each reference to allow you to search for the article in your library catalogue.
There is also a link to search for each reading in Google Scholar, providing you with an alternative route to find the article on the original publisher’s site and to help you identify similar papers.
Finding a print version of the recommended readings
A print edition of this resource, which also includes the full text of the Recommended Readings in their original layout is available as a 2-volume print work, Benefit–Cost Analysis, edited by Richard O. Zerbe Jr. (ISBN 978 1 84720 964 1). Use the Find This Book In Your Library button at the top of this page to see if it is available in your library. (The button only appears if your library has provided their link resolver details.)