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Cost-Benefit Analysis: Economic, Philosophical, and Legal Perspectives Hardcover – January 1, 2001

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Cost-benefit analysis is a widely used governmental evaluation tool, though academics remain skeptical. This volume gathers prominent contributors from law, economics, and philosophy for discussion of cost-benefit analysis, specifically its moral foundations, applications and limitations.

This new scholarly debate includes not only economists, but also contributors from philosophy, cognitive psychology, legal studies, and public policy who can further illuminate the justification and moral implications of this method and specify alternative measures.

These articles originally appeared in the Journal of Legal Studies.

Contributors:
- Matthew D. Adler - Gary S. Becker
- John Broome - Robert H. Frank
- Robert W. Hahn - Lewis A. Kornhauser
- Martha C. Nussbaum - Eric A. Posner
- Richard A. Posner - Henry S. Richardson
- Amartya Sen - Cass R. Sunstein
- W. Kip Viscusi


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Matthew D. Adler is a professor of law at the Unversity of Pennsylvania and co-author of Rethinking Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Eric A. Posner is a professor law at the University of Chicago Law School and author and editor of several books including Law and Social Norms.
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  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226007626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226007625
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry J. Seltser on August 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
An excellent collection of helpful and challenging discussions of cost-benefit analysis, covering both strengths and weaknesses from a variety of perspectives. Some major names in the fields (such as Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Posner, and Cass Sunstein) are included.
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