ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES FOR PUBLIC INVESTMENTS.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C SYSTEMS ANALYSIS GROUP (CIVIL FUNCTIONS)
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The central theme of the paper is that value judgments are implicit in the criteria used for the measurement of the benefits and costs associated with a proposed investment and that conventional benefit-cost ratios tend to conceal these opinions. A methodology is presented which highlights for any proposed investment its contribution to the well-being of some groups, its detrimental effects on other groups and an alternative use of the same resources. A general description of each procedure is followed by a detailed illustration of its role in evaluating water resource projects. Author
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