- Code IDEC8088
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by International and Development Economics Program
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International and Developmental Economics
- Areas of interest Economics
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Leo Dobes
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2014
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The objective of Cost-Benefit Analysis is to provide decision-makers with information about the social value of government-sponsored programs, projects and policies, so that they can allocate resources in a way that improves the well-being of society as a whole. The course covers the key concepts and tools that are essential for the evaluation of government activity by applying cost-benefit techniques, including under conditions of uncertainty. Case studies are employed to give students the confidence and insights required to undertake their individual assignment. Alternative decision-making approaches will also be presented to provide a perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of cost-benefit analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students will have:
- a solid understanding of the basic rationale and techniques for applying cost-benefit analysis to government-sponsored programs, policies and projects.
- the ability to plan and implement a cost-benefit study;
- the ability to understand and critique a cost-benefit study prepared by someone else.
overview and conceptual issues
valuing benefits and costs
time preference and net present value
social discount rates
valuation of impacts
valuing impacts from observed behaviour
11 and 18 September
valuing impacts using stated preference
Mid-term test: to be notified
risk and uncertainty
uncertainty and options
alternative evaluation approaches and distributional issues
revision of selected issues
Mode of Submission
Due Date / Time
7-23 November: time and place to be advised
maximum 5,000 words, 18 pages
Paper, and via Turnitin
week 9: close of business 30 September
one page maximum
to be advised in class
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The IDEC 8088 course involves attendance at a weekly lecture of three hours (including a half hour break), plus a weekly tutorial of one hour. Tutorial times and venues will be determined in the first week of the semester.
Boardman, AE, Greenberg, DH, Vining, AR & Weimer DL 2010, Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and practice, 4th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
The main text for the course is Boardman, AE, Greenberg, DH, Vining, AR & Weimer DL 2010, Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and practice, 4th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Cost Benefit Analysis covers a broad range of topics, so that a single text may not cover all relevant material. Supplementary material will therefore be used in the course. The following texts contain additional material that will be useful for some sections of the course, especially if students wish to explore a specific topic in more detail. A Reading Brick is also available.
Department of Finance and Administration 2006, Handbook of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Financial Management Reference Material no. 6, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra. <http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/finance-circulars/2006/docs/Handbook_of_CB_analysis.pdf>
Gramlich, EM 1990, A guide to Benefit-Cost Analysis, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey.
Luskin, D & Dobes, L 1999, Facts and furphies in benefit-cost analysis: transport, Research Report 100, Bureau of Transport Economics, Canberra. Downloadable at <http://www.bitre.gov.au/publications/1999/report_100.aspx>
Mishan, EJ & Quah, E 2007, Cost Benefit Analysis, 5th edn, Routledge, Oxford.
Pearce, DW & Nash, CA 1981, The social appraisal of projects. A text in Cost-Benefit Analysis, Macmillan, London.
Perkins, F 1994, Practical Cost Benefit Analysis, Macmillan Education, South Melbourne.
Sinden, JA & Thampapillai, DJ 1995, Introduction to benefit-cost analysis, Longman Australia, Melbourne. http://library.anu.edu.au/record=b2520009
Zhuang, J, Liang, J, Lin, T, & De Guzman, F 2007, Theory and Practice in the Choice of Social Discount Rate for Cost-Benefit Analysis: a Survey, ERD Working Paper 94, Asian Development Bank, Manila. Downloadable <http://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/pub/2007/WP094.pdf>
IDEC 8088 is designed specifically for Masters level students. IDEC Graduate Diploma students should enrol under the course code IDEC 8001. Non-IDEC students should seek advice from their own area before enrolling in either course.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4889||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|