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Priceless
     

Priceless

by Frank Ackerman, Lisa Heinzerling
 

ISBN-10: 1565849817

ISBN-13: 9781565849815

Pub. Date: 07/15/2005

Publisher: New Press, The

As clinical as it sounds to express the value of human lives, health, or the environment in cold dollars and cents, cost-benefit analysis requires it. More disturbingly, this approach is being embraced by a growing number of politicians and conservative pundits as the most reasonable way to make many policy decisions regarding public health and the

Overview

As clinical as it sounds to express the value of human lives, health, or the environment in cold dollars and cents, cost-benefit analysis requires it. More disturbingly, this approach is being embraced by a growing number of politicians and conservative pundits as the most reasonable way to make many policy decisions regarding public health and the environment.

By systematically refuting the economic algorithms and illogical assumptions that cost-benefit analysts flaunt as fact, Priceless tells a “gripping story about how solid science has been shoved to the backburner by bean counters with ideological blinders” (In These Times). Ackerman and Heinzerling argue that decisions about health and safety should be made “to reflect not economists’ numbers, but democratic values, chosen on moral grounds. This is a vividly written book, punctuated by striking analogies, a good deal of outrage, and a nice dose of humor” (Cass Sunstein, The New Republic).

Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of human health and environmental protection, Priceless “shines a bright light on obstacles that stand in the way of good government decisions” (Public Citizen News).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565849815
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
07/15/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
277
Sales rank:
1,402,817
Product dimensions:
0.65(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.25(d)

Table of Contents

1.Prices Without Values1
2.Myths and Markets13
3.The Unicorns of Deregulation41
4.The $6.1 Million Question61
5.An Ounce of Prevention91
6.Dreadful Events123
7.Unnatural Markets153
8.Honey, I Shrunk the Future179
9.Values Without Prices205
Notes235
Acknowledgments265
Index267

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