Description: As public policy analysts, we are often presented with making decisions that are economically efficient – that is, how does one gain the most benefit for society, given limited resources? Economics provides the theoretical foundation of decision-making, but putting theory into practice is not always easy. Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is an analytical tool used to determine the worth of a project, program, or policy. It identifies and attempts to quantify the costs and benefits of the project or program and provides decision-makers with manageable information to find the “best” outcome. CBA helps managers to answer questions such as: • Does the proposal provide a net benefit to the community as a whole? • Should the project/program/policy be undertaken? • Should the project/program be continued? • Which of the alternative projects should be undertaken? The course employs various economic and statistical techniques to answer these questions, condensed into a 6-week course.
Prerequisites: (90710 Applied Economic Analysis) and (90707 Statistical Reasoning or 90711 Statistical Reasoning with R)