New South Wales

Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop Presented by Dr. Peter Abelson


From: Wednesday November 20, 2019, 9:00 am

To: Thursday November 21, 2019, 5:00 pm

Peter Abelson will provide a comprehensive 2-day workshop on CBA. The 8 sessions over the 2 days will include power point presentations covering all major issues, discussion questions and contemporary case studies.

The presentations will cover:

  • Fundamentals of CBA including key metrics (NPV and BCR)
  • Valuation principles
  • Forecasting in CBA
  • Valuation methods
  • The social discount rate
  • Dealing with risk and uncertainty
  • Equity and distributional effects, and
  • Comparison of CBA and other evaluation methods.

There will be discussion questions for participants for each session. Participants are invited to provide notice of any issues of special concern to them in advance so that the presenter can respond to them, as far as is feasible, in the workshop.

The case studies will include major transport infrastructure, health, education, energy and environment, urban development, and major events / stadiums.

Participants will be provided with power point presentations, a mini textbook on CBA covering the 8 workshop topics, and case study materials, including a summary of major recent projects in NSW and related CBA studies.

Food and refreshments are included.

The workshop fee is $990 (including GST $90) per participant.  

Click here for more information and to complete a registration form.

Any enquiries should be addressed to

Dr. Peter Abelson has a Ph.D in Economics from London University. He held a Chair in Economics at Macquarie University from 2001 to 2006 and taught public economics at Sydney University from 2007 to 2012. Peter was a Principal Economic Advisor (2 days a week) to NSW Treasury from 2007 to June 2019 with special reference to use of CBA. Peter was author of the re-drafted Commonwealth Handbook of Cost-Benefit Analysis (Department of Finance, 2006) and he peer-reviewed the Victorian Treasury Economic Evaluation for Business Cases (2013) and the NSW Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis (2017). He has run 2-day workshops on CBA for many years for various agencies. Peter is a Director of Applied Economics P/L. 


UNSW City Centre,

Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street,, SYDNEY NSW 2000

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