Environmental Economics

The New Challenge to Cost-Benefit Analysis: How Sound Is the Opponents' Empirical Case

Journal article reviewing the economic analysis of three environmental decisions made during the 1960s and 1970s prepared by critics of using cost-benefit analysis to analyze environmental decisions. The three decisions concerned damming the Grand Canyon, regulating vinyl chloride in the workplace, and regulating lead in gasoline. The article concludes that the analysis does not support the authors' conclusion that cost-benefit analysis would have reached the environmentally "wrong" conclusion in all three cases and that, on the contrary, cost-benefit analysis provides a useful tool for summarizing the economic efficiency of a proposed action at the time that decisions needs to be made. The article is available from Regulation at http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv28n3/v28n3-3.pdf

  • Keywords

    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Methodology
    Environmental Media:
    a. Air
    f. Multimedia
    a. Air - Mobile Source
    a. Air - Stratospheric
    Carlin, Alan
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    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: PE-0017
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    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20001
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