Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing
Frank AckermanISBN: 1565849817;
Book Description A timely and much needed corrective to the current infatuation with cost-benefit analysis and the derelict logic used to defend it. As clinical as it sounds to express the value of human lives, health, or the environment in cold dollars and cents, cost-benefit analysis requires it. More disturbingly, this approach is being embraced by a growing number of politicians and conservative pundits as the most reasonable way to make many policy decisions regarding public health and the environment. By systematically refuting the economic algorithms and illogical assumptions that cost-benefit analysts flaunt as fact, Priceless tells a "gripping story about how solid science has been shoved to the backburner by bean counters with ideological blinders" ( In These Times ). Ackerman and Heinzerling argue that decisions about health and safety should be made "to reflect not economists' numbers, but democratic values, chosen on moral grounds. This is a...
- OZON.ru 1991