Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Methods and Applications

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SAGE, 2001 - Business & Economics - 308 pages
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This Second Edition of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis continues to provide the most current, step-by-step guide to planning and implementing a cost analysis study.

Henry M. Levin and Patrick J. McEwan use detailed and varied examples from studies and articles, ranging from education to public health, to introduce the principles and practice of cost-effectiveness analysis. The authors take account of both the costs and the effects of selecting alternatives, and suggest methods of minimizing the costs of research. New to this edition: expanded coverage of cost effectiveness from types of technique to use, to how to interpret the data; the latest information on cost benefits analysis and how to relate it to outcome measures; in-depth chapter-end exercises to enable readers to sharpen their ability to evaluate policy options and program effectiveness; feedback appendix for readers to evaluate their responses to exercises; comprehensive bibliography of methodological sources on cost analysis and educational settings grouped by category.

This thorough volume primes the reader to deal with any evaluation situation by studying cost-effective analysis in relation to cost-benefit analysis, cost-utility analysis, and cost-feasibility analysis.

  

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Contents

Introduction to Cost Analysis
1
List of Examples
8
1 Costs Effects and CostEffectiveness Ratios for Primary
14
4 A CostBenefit Analysis of DropOut Prevention
16
6 A CostFeasibility Analysis of National
24
Establishing an Analytic Framework
31
1 Assessing Primary and Secondary Audiences
38
The Concept and Measurement of Costs
43
2 A CostEffectiveness Analysis of Two Math Curricula
134
4 An Application of Multiway Sensitivity Analysis
144
Summary
151
1 A CostBenefit Analysis of
164
3 How Much Is It Worth to Attend
173
Discounting Benefits
174
Accounting for Uncertainty i
181
4 The Rate of Return to Additional Years of Schooling
182

1 Why Should Volunteers Be Considered
50
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59
1 The Perils of Using Shortcuts Instead
64
1 Annualization Factors for Determining Annual Cost
70
2 A Cost Analysis of the Perry Preschool Program Part 2
72
Analyzing Costs
77
1 Determining Who Pays the Costs
84
2 Annualized Costs for a Hypothetical Program
86
2 Estimating Program Costs When a Program
96
CostEffectiveness Analysis
107
1 Measures of Effectiveness Used
110
1 Evaluation Designs for Estimating
126
CostUtility Analysis
189
1 A Simple Multiattribute Utility Function
193
2 QualityAdjusted LifeYears in Health Research
204
4 A CostUtility Analysis of Special Education
213
The Use of Cost Evaluations
217
1 Making Decisions With CostEffectiveness Findings
226
3 A CostEffectiveness League Table
242
Appendix A
249
Appendix B
265
References
285
Index
299
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About the author (2001)

Henry Levin, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, is co-author, with Belfield, of The Economics of Higher Education (2003).

Patrick J. McEwan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and an affiliate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Previously, he taught in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as Assistant Director of Research at the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He completed his PhD in education at Stanford University, in addition to master's degrees in economics and international development. His published books (with Henry Levin) include Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Methods and Applications, Second Edition (2001) and Cost-Effectiveness and Educational Policy: 2002 Yearbook of the American Education Finance Association (2002). He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reports, and he has consulted on education policy and evaluation at the Inter-American Development Bank, RAND, UNESCO, and the ministries of education of several countries. His recent research (with Martin Carnoy) has evaluated the impact of Chile's national voucher plan on the effectiveness and efficiency of primary education.

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