Investing in the Disadvantaged

Investing in the Disadvantaged

Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies

eBook - 2009
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"With budgets squeezed at every level of government, cost-benefit analysis (CBA) holds outstanding potential for assessing the efficiency of many programs. In this first book to address the application of CBA to social policy, experts examine ten of the most important policy domains: early childhood development, elementary and secondary schools, health care for the disadvantaged, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction, juvenile crime, prisoner reentry programs, housing assistance, work-incentive programs for the unemployed and employers, and welfare-to-work interventions. Each contributor discusses the applicability of CBA to actual programs, describing both proven and promising examples. The editors provide an introduction to cost-benefit analysis, assess the programs described, and propose a research agenda for promoting its more widespread application in social policy. Investing in the Disadvantaged considers how to face America's most urgent social needs with shrinking resources, showing how CBA can be used to inform policy choices that produce social value"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9781589016002
1589016009
9781589015999
1589015991
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 288 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Vining, Aidan R.
Weimer, David Leo

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