Cost-benefit analysis: concepts and practice

The Australian National University - Crawford School of Public Policy : 
Course Commencement Date
23 May 2018

Spending decisions can be made for political reasons, but rigorous cost-benefit analysis ensures that ministers make decisions with their eyes wide open.

ANU Crawford School’s Dr Leo Dobes will help participants understand theory and practice.

“Many agencies lack the expertise to carry out a cost-benefit analysis or even commission one,” Dr Dobes says. “This is leading to ineffective policy and white elephant infrastructure.”

Key benefits

Participants attending Cost-benefit analysis: concepts and practice will develop a firmer grasp of the theory and practice of cost-benefit analysis, which incorporates environmental, social and financial considerations.

You will learn that rigour in cost-benefit analysis serves ministers well – better informing them of the relative social merits of different proposals. You will come away with new tools to guide your analysis, and the ability to argue a business case persuasively based on a cost-benefit study.

Who should attend

Cost-benefit analysis: concepts and practice will be useful for managers and officers in policy and service delivery roles across the sector. You don’t have to be an economist or have a financial background to benefit.

Course details

Over two days, Dr Dobes will review the key concepts of cost-benefit analysis, and the tips and traps in conducting a study.

Cost-benefit analysis: concept and practice will also cover:

  • basic investment analysis, such as discounting, annuities and perpetuities
  • probabilities and decision trees
  • opportunity cost, consumer and producer surplus, decision rules
  • revealed and stated preference techniques for estimating benefits
  • uncertainty and real options approaches
  • alternative methods – cost-effectiveness analysis, multi-criteria analysis.

The workshop includes lecture-style presentations, discussion, real-world examples and practical exercises.

Course Cost
$1,650 (inc GST)
Course Contact Person
ANZSOG (03) 8344 1990
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