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.
- Download the Principles & Standards Report (509 KB PDF) summarizing the findings of this project.
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.
- Scitovsky Reversals and Practical Benefit-Cost Analysis
- A Reliable Internal Rate of Return
- The Appropriate Discount Rate for Benefit-Cost Analysis
- Behavioral Economics and Benefit-Cost Analysis
- Principles and Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Early Childhood Interventions
- General Equilibrium Benefit Analyses for Social Programs
- Measuring the Costs and the Benefits of Energy Development
- Ethical Benefit-Cost Analysis as Art and Science: Ten Rules for Benefit-Cost Analysis
- How Two Non-Market Valuation Techniques Can Improve Compliance with Environmental Justice Requirements
- Principles and Standards for the Benefit-Cost Analysis of Crime
- Importance of Incorporating Distributional Issues in Benefit Cost Analysis
- An Assessment of Important Issues Concerning the Application of Benefit-Cost Analysis to Social Policy
- Principles and Standards for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public Health Preparedness and Pandemic Mitigation Programs
- Principles and Standards for the Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public Safety