By Dale Whittington and Kerry Smith
Tuesday 16th June, 4pm

In this presentation Dale and Kerry explore the history of the ex-ante economic analysis of large dams through the discussion of six key developments that have occurred since the 1950s:

  1. adding systems analysis
  2. incorporating multiple objectives
  3. incorporating environment and social losses
  4. incorporating economy-wide linkages
  5. modelling non-cooperative behaviour
  6. dealing with uncertainty.

Current best practice in the application of ex ante economic analysis tries to address a subset of these developments, but there are no case studies or guidelines that an analyst can reference to learn how best to incorporate all six developments in the ex-ante appraisal of a new dam.  We conclude that current professional practice in the ex-ante assessment of large dams has not yet caught up with the scholarly literature on these six developments and highlight the need for a new era of engagement by scholars and practitioners on this “old” challenging problem.

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