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Cost-benefit analysis is a well-known technique for evaluating the merits of a policy by attempting to quantify in financial terms all of the costs and benefits that will result from its implementation. In this article, the author focuses on the important question of whether offer prices or asking prices are the theoretically appropriate measure in determining "willingness to pay" and overall efficiency consequences when conducting a cost-benefit analysis. The author surveys the existing literature on this valuation question and offers personal conclusions and recommendations.

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John Marshall Law Review

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Cost-Benefit Analysis, Federal Administrative Rulemaking – Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Willingness to Pay, Valuation Methods, Kaldor-Hicks Efficiency