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Cost–Benefit Analysis For Developing Countries

Cost–Benefit Analysis For Developing Countries

Robert J. Brent

Robert J. Brent, Professor of Economics, Fordham University, US

1998 320 pp Hardback 978 1 85898 567 1
Paperback 978 1 84064 442 5

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Cost–benefit analysis is a key component in the evaluation of economic development strategies. In this new, updated version of his earlier book, Project Appraisal for Developing Countries, Robert Brent provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to recent developments in project appraisal.

Contents
Contents: Part I: The Essentials of the S & T Approach 1. Introduction to Project Appraisal and Cost–benefit Analysis 2. Investment Criteria 3. Distributional Weights 4. The Social Discount Rate 5. The Shadow Wage Rate 6. Shadow Prices for Traded Goods 7. Shadow Prices for Non-traded Goods 8. The Standard Conversion Factor and the Shadow Exchange Rate Part II: Further Issues in Project Appraisal 9. Comparison of Methods I 10 Comparison of Methods II 11. Allowing for Risk 12. Basic Needs 13. Structural Adjustment Loans 14. Summary, Conclusions and Recent Developments References Index

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Cost–benefit analysis is a key component in the evaluation of economic development strategies. In this new, updated version of his earlier book, Project Appraisal for Developing Countries, Robert Brent provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to recent developments in project appraisal.

Cost–Benefit Analysis for Developing Countries interprets, expands and evaluates the principles of project appraisal using the approach recommended by the World Bank. Robert Brent challenges a number of their findings, particularly through the inclusion of the ‘numbers effect’, the number of people affected by a development project, as a separate social objective. The book is based on a combination of sound economic theory and extensive empirical research, and case studies are used throughout to illustrate the theory. The author analyses, from an applied perspective, the most recent developments in project appraisal. He discusses key issues such as:

• structural adjustment lending
• investment criteria
• the basic needs approach
• shadow and market prices
• the social discount rate
• risk analysis.

Cost–Benefit Analysis for Developing Countries will be essential reading for students with an interest in development economics, development studies, public policy and comparative economic systems as well as policymakers and practitioners in international organisations and developing countries.



 
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