Cost-Benefit Analysis (5 cr)

Master’s students
University of Helsinki - Environmental Economics
Anna-Kaisa Kosenius
Period 4
Remote teaching
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Microeconomic foundations of CBA (compensating variation, equivalent variation, Potential Pareto Improvements, Consumer surplus, Producer surplus and Government surplus), valuing changes in the primary markets and in the secondary markets, benefit transfer, valuing health effects, discounting, social discount rate, dealing with uncertainty, distributional aspects, climate change and CBA

  • Completion method: remote teaching (online learning: short videos on topics, lectures and lecture slides, tests based on material, mandatory assignments)
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Aalto University Students
  • Code: no equivalent code

  • Target groups: MSc (not suitable for PhD students)

  • Credit points: 5

  • Credit transfer: apply for inclusion in Sisu

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Hanken Students
  • Code: 26067

  • Target groups: MSc (not suitable for PhD students)

  • Credit points: 5

  • Credit transfer: apply for substitution in Sisu

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University of Helsinki Students
  • Code: AGERE-002 (AGERE students)

    • MSc students in economics can not include the course in ECOM-G400 module, but in ECOM-MUUT Other studies (optional course)

  • Target groups: AGERE MSc students (not suitable for PhD students)

  • Credit points: 5

FDPE Students Students
  • Not suitable for PhD students

  • to understand the microeconomic theory behind CBA
  • to learn the basic principles of benefit-transfer and
  • how to assess the value of outcomes of projects affecting market prices
  • to be able to distinguish between impacts in the primary markets and the secondary markets and understandwhen the impacts in the secondary markets should be included in the CBA.
  • to understand the impact of the choice of the discount rate on the net present value of a project, illustrate andcritically assess the different theories regarding the choice of the discount rate, and calculate the net present value of a project.
  • to understand how uncertainty is incorporated into cost-benefit analysis in both theory and practice and perform expected value analysis and Monte-Carlo sensitivity analysis.
  • to understand how health effects and distributional issues can be incorporated into cost-benefit analysis and perform a simple distributionally weighted cost-benefit analysis.
  • to understand, illustrate and critically appraise the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of CBA and critically assess CBA-studies and distinguish a well-conducted CBA from a poor one