Accession Number : AD1011113

Title :   Stated Preference Economic Development Model

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,26 May 2011,30 Sep 2012

Corporate Author : Center for Army Analysis Fort Belvoir United States

Personal Author(s) : Griffith ,Kevin N

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Report Date : 01 Feb 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 96

Abstract : The United States Government has provided over $51 billion in aid to Afghanistan since 2002. There are a lack of data and methods to determine the net social benefit of this aid. Additionally, currently available data are insufficient to properly prioritize the usage and award of this aid. SPED involved the creation of tools that estimate the net social benefit of projects using cost-benefit techniques referred to as contingent valuation methods (CVM). Additionally, SPED estimated the net social benefit of several different types of development projects in Afghanistan.SPED was a joint effort with the U.S. Army Human Terrain System (HTS) and involved a significant survey effort in Afghanistan that produced an empirical dataset showing how different population groups value several different classes of development projects. However, the studys methodology can be tailored to value any set of nonlethal actions. SPED can help strategic, operational, and tactical commanders to prioritize development aid; estimate the impact of nonlethal actions on civilian attitudes; determine the net social benefit of projects or programs; and validate subjective information on population priorities that is obtained through existing channels.

Descriptors :   Economic development , models , Cost benefit analysis , Afghanistan , Foreign aid

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE