Introduction to Cost–Benefit Analysis (2nd ed.)

Looking for Reasonable Shortcuts

Ginés de Rus ,

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Introduction to Cost–Benefit Analysis: Looking for Reasonable Shortcuts

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This thoroughly updated second edition incorporates key ideas and discussions on issues such as wider economic impacts, the treatment of risk and the importance of institutional arrangements in ensuring the correct use of technique. Ginés de Rus considers whether public decisions, such as investing in high-speed rail links, privatizing a public enterprise or protecting a natural area, may improve social welfare.

Key features include:

A comprehensive overview of the philosophy of the Cost-Benefit Analysis approach to appraisal to engage students with a basic model for informing responsible decision-making
Expert blending of relevant case studies with insightful analysis, enabling students to see the model's application to real-world scenarios
An accessible and readable style, which encourages classroom discussions as well as insights for the practical application of this economic tool.

Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis is an ideal textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students of economics, engaging with important ideas and the latest thinking in the field. It will also benefit economists and practitioners involved in the economic evaluation of projects.

Acclaim for the first edition:

'In Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis, Ginés de Rus provides the conceptual foundations of a cost-benefit analysis undertaken for public investments. . .This book serves well as an introductory textbook for courses in urban planning, public economics, and policy and program evaluation for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. . .economists may find it useful as a guide of the basics of cost-benefit analysis.'

- Uma Kelekar, Journal of Planning Education and Research

'Ginés de Rus has produced an excellent book which will be very useful to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in public economics as well as to professional economists working with project evaluations. The book can serve as a manual for how to undertake best-practice project analysis within a broad range of projects but in particular within the transportation sector. This text is highly recommended.'

- Per-Olov Johansson, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

'This book shows that cost-benefit analysis does not need to be an esoteric and arcane subject. In a step-by-step presentation, with little more than introductory microeconomics, some clear reasoning, and many examples, Professor Ginés de Rus presents the essentials of applied welfare economics concepts. Any undergraduate student or practitioner who wants to start their training in CBA should consider reading this text.'

- Massimo Florio, University of Milan, Italy

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