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Teaching Benefit-Cost Analysis
Syllabi Compendium


The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis maintains this compendium of syllabi for courses on benefit-cost analysis as a service to our members. The syllabi have been provided by members who are teaching such courses. We hope members will use the syllabi to develop or refine their own courses or as guides to useful resources when they are conducting or using benefit-cost analysis. We only ask that members respect the intellectual property of the contributing faculty and not circulate a syllabus posted on this site without the permission of the contributing faculty member.

The Society hopes that additional members will contribute syllabi to this compendium. In general, we are looking for syllabi for courses that:

  1. Were taught within the past 5 years so that they reflect the current state of the art and the literature.
  2. Were taught at the undergraduate or graduate level or as a professional development course.
  3. Are devoted to benefit-cost analysis rather than just containing a few benefit-cost sessions taught as part of a more broadly-focused course.
  4. Vary in duration; e.g., that are taught over a full year, full semester, or less.
To submit a syllabus just send it along with a note indicating:
  • Your name (and the names of any associated faculty members)
  • The school and department where the course was offered
  • The year in which the course was offered
  • Whether the course is intended for undergraduate or graduate students
Materials should be sent to

To access a syllabus*, click on the name of the professor in the chart shown below:
Course Syllabi and Reading Lists 
ProfessorSchoolGraduate or Undergraduate levelYear
Glenn BlomquistUniversity of KentuckyGraduate2015
Scott FarrowUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBoth2018
Donald KenkelCornell UniversityBoth2018
Robert KlitgaardClaremont UniversityGraduate    2021
Ash MorganAppalachian State UniversityBoth2017
Zoe Plakias #1 and #2Ohio State UniversityBoth2019
David WeimerUniversity of WisconsinGraduate2018
John WhiteheadAppalachian State UniversityBoth2018
Dale WhittingtonUniversity of North CarolinaGraduate2018
Paula WorthingtonHarris School of Public Policy, University of ChicagoGraduate2019

 *You must be a SBCA member to access these Syllabi.