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ERIC Number: ED075960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 34
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Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Evaluation of Mental Retardation Programs.
Neenan, William B.
The paper describes benefit-cost analysis, reviews how benefit-cost analysis has been used to evaluate human investment as applied to mental retardation programs, and critiques the benefit-cost technique. The first part focuses on problems associated with the definition and measurement of benefits and costs, the rationale of discounting and the choice of a discount rate, suboptimization, and the question of the distributional impact of programs. In the second part the paucity of benefit-cost evaluations of mental retardation, vocational rehabilitation programs in underlined by reference to some program evaluations which are not benefit-cost studies as well as to the few efforts which do fall within this framework. The concluding section evaluates some of the recent criticisms against benefit-cost analysis. (Author/DB)
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Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Working Paper: 705-93