Hands-on Guide to Cost-Benefit-Analysis of Crime Prevention Efforts

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Hands-on Guide to Cost-Benefit-Analysis of Crime Prevention Efforts

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Titel: Hands-on Guide to Cost-Benefit-Analysis of Crime Prevention Efforts
Forfatter: Højbjerg Jacobsen, Rasmus
Resume: When a policy maker or an administrator decides on how many and which of a number of proposed policy measures to implement an important piece of information is whether the effort is “worthwhile”. The precise meaning of the word “worthwhile” will depend on the context. In some cases, the question of whether a policy measure is worthwhile will be decided on a purely qualitative basis given the results of the policy measure. In other – and perhaps most – cases some sort of money evaluation will be attached to the results, and a total effect in money terms will be used to evaluate the results. This manual is concerned with the latter case. Given the large degree of competition between various projects for public funds, a compelling case for a specific project can be made if a well carried out cost-benefit-analysis shows a resulting surplus. While this criterion is obviously not the only one used, it could be an important factor when preparing policy makers to make decisions about a specific project. The basic idea behind cost-benefit-analysis is simple: calculate all benefits and all the costs associated with a specific effort, subtract the costs from the benefits while carefully addressing the time profile, and use the resulting number as an indicator for the economic profitability of the project. If the result is positive, the project produces an economic surplus, and if it is negative the project leads to an economic loss.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8878
Dato: 2014-02-13

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