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Cost Benefit Analyses versus Referenda

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  • Martin J. Osborne
  • Matthew A. Turner

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We consider a planner who chooses between two public policies and ask whether a referendum or a cost benefit analysis leads to higher welfare. We find that a referendum leads to higher welfare than a cost benefit analysis in a "common value" environment. Cost benefit analysis is better in a "private value" environment. (c) 2010 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

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  • Martin J. Osborne & Matthew A. Turner, 2010. "Cost Benefit Analyses versus Referenda," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 118(1), pages 156-187, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:118:y:2010:i:1:p:156-187
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