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What Are Left Underestimated Using Cost-Benefit Analysis For Public Project Evaluation?


  • Jurgita Baranauskiene
  • Valdemaras Makutenas
  • Albina Novosinskiene


Public projects don’t generate enough income to be financially justified, but create social benefits. Every project should be evaluated in order to make the investment decision. The cost-benefit analysis is a common method for public project evaluation, but this method does not fully comply with the basic concept of public projects. This theoretical and empirical research disclosed limitations of the cost-benefit analysis, used for public projects evaluation and identified the problem field for improving the cost-benefit analysis or creating new methods for public project evaluation.

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  • Jurgita Baranauskiene & Valdemaras Makutenas & Albina Novosinskiene, 2014. "What Are Left Underestimated Using Cost-Benefit Analysis For Public Project Evaluation?," Economy & Business Journal, International Scientific Publications, Bulgaria, vol. 8(1), pages 856-867.
  • Handle: RePEc:isp:journl:v:8:y:2014:i:1:p:856-867

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    investment; public project; social benefits; cost-benefit analysis;

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    • A - General Economics and Teaching


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