Double Counting and Cost Benefit Bias What is double counting?
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Double Counting and Cost Benefit Bias

  1. What is double counting?
  2. Consider these two cases answer

whether the cost benefit analyses in these cases

are correct or represent double counting. Explain why.

- A public project improves public property providing benefits to users as well as increasing the attractiveness of the property creating positive external benefits for the surrounding properties. The cost benefit calculation includes the direct value of the improvement plus the increase in property value of the surrounding properties.

- A public project provides direct services to the surrounding properties. The cost benefit calculation includes the direct value of the services plus the increase in property value of the surrounding properties.

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