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Priceless: On Knowing The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing

Priceless: On Knowing The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing

Frank Ackerman Lisa Heinzerling
3.5/5 (64 ratings)
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” . 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 vividly written book, punctuated by striking analogies, a good deal of outrage, and a nice dose of humor” .

Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of human health and environmental protection, Priceless “shines a bright light on obstacles that stand in the way of good government decisions” .
Language
English
Pages
277
Format
Paperback
Publisher
The New Press
Release
July 15, 2005
ISBN
1565849817
ISBN 13
9781565849815

Priceless: On Knowing The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing

Frank Ackerman Lisa Heinzerling
3.5/5 (64 ratings)
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” . 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 vividly written book, punctuated by striking analogies, a good deal of outrage, and a nice dose of humor” .

Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of human health and environmental protection, Priceless “shines a bright light on obstacles that stand in the way of good government decisions” .
Language
English
Pages
277
Format
Paperback
Publisher
The New Press
Release
July 15, 2005
ISBN
1565849817
ISBN 13
9781565849815

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