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Throughout the text of this introduction to benefit cost analysis, emphasis is on applications, and a worked case study is progressively undertaken as an illustration of the analytical principles in operation. The first part covers basic theory and procedures. Part Two advances to material on internationally tradeable goods and projects that affect market prices, and part Three introduces special topics such as the treatment of risk and uncertainty, income distributional effects and the valuation of non-marketed goods. Instructors' resource web site: http://www.uq.edu.au/economics/bca
1. Benefit-cost analysis - introduction and overview; 2. Investment appraisal: principles; 3. Investment appraisals: decision rules; 4. Private benefit-cost analysis - financial analysis; 5. Efficiency benefit-cost analysis; 6. Calculating the net benefits to the referent group; 7. Consumer and producer surplus in benefit-cost analysis; 8. Valuing traded and non-traded commodities in benefit-cost analysis; 9. Incorporating risk in benefit-cost analysis; 10. The social discount rate, cost of public funds, and the value of Information; 11. Weighting net benefits to account for income distribution; 12. Valuation of non-marketed goods; 13. Economic impact analysis; Writing the benefit-cost analysis report.