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The economics of project analysis : a practitioner's guide

Author: William A Ward; Barry J Deren; Emmanuel H D'Silva
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : World Bank, ©1991.
Series: EDI technical materials.
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This guide provides a brief outline of the neoclassical theory of the public sector to put into context the reason for deriving shadow prices and to help the reader understand what it is that a government should be trying to do when it "intervenes" in the economy by planning a project. It describes experiences of the World Bank and other organizations in applying project economic analysis in developing countries.  Read more...
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Ward, William A. (William Augustus), 1942-
Economics of project analysis.
Washington, D.C. : World Bank, ©1991
(DLC) 90025058
(OCoLC)22861564
Material Type: Document, Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William A Ward; Barry J Deren; Emmanuel H D'Silva
ISBN: 0585239088 9780585239088 0821317512 9780821317518 6610006571 9786610006571 1280006579 9781280006579
OCLC Number: 44964294
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 318 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: EDI technical materials.
Responsibility: William A. Ward and Barry J. Deren, with Emmanuel H. D'Silva.

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This guide provides a brief outline of the neoclassical theory of the public sector to put into context the reason for deriving shadow prices and to help the reader understand what it is that a government should be trying to do when it "intervenes" in the economy by planning a project. It describes experiences of the World Bank and other organizations in applying project economic analysis in developing countries. Developments in the use and interpretation of "willingness to pay" analysis and "foreign exchange numeraires" are discussed in some detail. It also discusses cost-benefit analysis in terms of the strategic planning model. The problems caused by inflation - both domestic and foreign - are reviewed in some detail, and suggestions are made for dealing with its impacts. Additional recommendations on setting up project accounts are presented. Exchange rate forecasting is addressed in terms of the "purchasing power parity" model of trade theory - the most widely used model for forecasting exchange rates in project appraisals. The issue of the discount rate for project economic analysis is also taken up. Finally, this guide presents many concrete examples of economic valuation problems faced by World Bank analysis in recent years. The examples cover a wide range of countries and valuation issues.

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