Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies

Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies

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ISBN-13: 9781589012578
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 03/26/2009
Series: American Governance and Public Policy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David L. Weimer is professor of public affairs and political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a former president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Aidan R. Vining is CNABS Professor of Business and Government Relations at Simon Fraser University.

David L. Weimer and Aidan R. Vining are coauthors of Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice, now in its fourth edition.

Table of Contents

ForewordMichael A. Stegman

Preface

1. Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Social PoliciesAidan R. Vining and David L. Weimer

2. Early Childhood InterventionsBarbara Wolfe and Nathan Tefft3. Elementary and Secondary SchoolingClive R. Belfield

4. Health Care for Disadvantaged PopulationsDavid J. Vanness

5. Adults with Serious Mental IllnessesMark S. Salzer

6. Illicit Substance Abuse and AddictionJonathan P. Caulkins

7. Juvenile Crime InterventionsJeffrey A. Butts and John K. Roman

8. Prisoner Reentry ProgrammingJohn K. Roman and Christy Visher

9. Housing Assistance to Promote Human CapitalLance Freeman

10. Encouraging WorkRobert Lerman

11. Next Steps in Welfare-to-WorkMichael Wiseman

12. Welfare-to-Work and Work-Incentive ProgramsDavid Greenberg13. Overview of the State-of-the-Art of CBA in Social PolicyAidan R. Vining and David L. Weimer

14. Agenda for Promoting and Improving the Use of CBA in Social PolicyDavid L. Weimer and Aidan R. Vining

List of Contributors

Index

What People are Saying About This

Philip Cook

Provides an authoritative guide to evidence-based social policy by some of the leading scholars in the field. For anyone who wants to know what works, what's worthwhile, and what research would have the greatest payoff, this book has benefits far exceeding the cost.

Eric Hanushek

This book sets out ideas about the kinds of information that could and should be available when major social policy decisions are being made. But, more than that, it provides a broad review of what is available now and of what might be desired in the short and long run. The logic is compelling.

Robert Haveman

This volume contributes to the new burst of interest in the topic of cost-benefit analysis, especially as applied to social policies. The editors have chosen outstanding authors, and their contributions are both enlightening and provocative. The book makes a major contribution toward furthering the application of sound analysis across [a] range of options.

From the Publisher

"This book sets out ideas about the kinds of information that could and should be available when major social policy decisions are being made. But, more than that, it provides a broad review of what is available now and of what might be desired in the short and long run. The logic is compelling."—Eric Hanushek, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

"This volume contributes to the new burst of interest in the topic of cost-benefit analysis, especially as applied to social policies. The editors have chosen outstanding authors, and their contributions are both enlightening and provocative. The book makes a major contribution toward furthering the application of sound analysis across [a] range of options."—Robert Haveman, professor, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Provides an authoritative guide to evidence-based social policy by some of the leading scholars in the field. For anyone who wants to know what works, what's worthwhile, and what research would have the greatest payoff, this book has benefits far exceeding the cost."—Philip Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

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