One of the Benefit-Cost Analysis Center’s main goals is to establish principles and standards for the use of benefit-cost analysis, particularly in respect to social programming. The Center has commissioned papers from leaders in various fields with the aim of establishing preliminary principles and standards for benefit-cost analysis, both in general as well as for specific program areas.

The Principles & Standards project is funded through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.



Below are the papers specifically associated with the Principles & Standards project. These papers are also linked on the Benefit-Cost Analysis Papers section of our website. Some papers are still under review and may be subject to revision. Because some of these papers remain in the draft stage, please contact the author(s) before citing, and cite the papers only as draft papers to preserve the integrity of the scholarly contributions and authors’ copyrights.