Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
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Cost–Benefit Analysis

  • Jacopo TorritiEmail author
  • Eka Ikpe
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_124


Over the past 30 years, cost–benefit analysis (CBA) has been applied to various areas of public policies and projects. The aim of this essay is to describe the origins of CBA, classify typologies of costs and benefits, define efficiency under CBA and discuss issues associated with the use of a microeconomic tool in macroeconomic contexts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ReadingReading BerkshireUK
  2. 2.King’s College LondonLondonUK