Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Peter Forsyth


Topics include development and application of microeconomic theory for the economic evaluation of (public) sector investment projects and policies; investment analysis and criteria, discounting techniques; Pareto potential improvement criterion, shadow pricing, social discount rates, distribution issues, secondary benefits, risk and uncertainty, cost-effectiveness.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. apply the analytical framework, economic principles and techniques required for the economic evaluation of investment projects, policies and regulations, especially those involving the public sector
  2. appreciate the welfare economic foundations upon which economic evaluation is based
  3. design studies to estimate benefits and costs, in the presence of market distortions (eg controls, taxes and externalities), and for non-marketed goods (for example, time, noise, safety).


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


ECC4650 or equivalent