Cost-Benefit Analysis of Multi-Level Government: The Case of EU Cohesion Policy and of US Federal Investment Policies

1st Edition

Alessandro Ferrara

Routledge
Published November 11, 2013
Reference - 352 Pages
ISBN 9780415743563 - CAT# Y161407
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy

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Summary

This book provides an original theoretical framework for assessing public investment policies co-financed by Union (Federal) governments. This framework is applied to two important case studies: the EU Cohesion Policy and the US Federal Investment Policies.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Multi-Level Government sheds light on a number of outstanding issues of economic theory by extending the theory of shadow prices, and provides guidance to real-world decision makers. In particular, the following questions are addressed:

  • In which circumstances is intervention by higher level government in Member States through investment policies justified?

  • Is there a welfare economics rationale to underpin interregional equity? What is the relationship between interregional and interpersonal income distribution? How can social exclusion be included in cost-benefit tests?

  • How can a higher level of government allocate financial resources to investment policies before it bargains over the related programming documents with lower levels of government?

  • In these circumstances, how can optimal matching rates be derived under binding or non binding budgetary constraints?

  • How can such an analytical framework provide guidance for real-world decision makers?

Guidelines such as the Impact Assessment Guidelines (European Commission), the Green Book (British Treasury), and Guidelines and Discount Rates for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Federal Programs (Executive Office of the US President) are also analyzed.

The book will be of interest to policy makers, postgraduate students and researchers in cost-benefit analysis, welfare economics, public choice, public finance, multi-level government economics, and income distribution issues.

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