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Richard O. Zerbe
PB AF 518
Seattle Campus

Applied Cost Benefit Analysis

Develops familiarity through problems and applications. Stresses techniques of use.

Class description

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), or Benefit cost analysis (BCA), is the dominant economic paradigm for normative economic analysis. BCA is widely used, especially by the Federal Government, but also by state and local governments. BCA can be regarded as both a science and an art. For sophisticated analysts it is clearly both. The subject is extremely rich and can be approached on many different levels, both in terms of technique and philosophy.

The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of the practical aspects of benefit-cost analysis, and its economic and philosophical foundations.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 07/20/2009