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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Economics of Evaluation in Public Programs

Edward Elgar Publishing describes The Economics of Evaluation in Public Programs by explaining "This research collection illustrates the wide range of methodologies and methods available for the evaluation of public programs. All these methods address the benefits of the programs and most compare the benefits to costs, but the types of benefits and their measures vary greatly across the studies and across the different types of public programs. The key articles presented here explore these different approaches and offer many examples of actual evaluations of public programs across different public policy settings."

The editor asserts that Professor Albert N. Link, from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro's Department of Economics, and his co-author "provided an authoritative original introduction, which elucidates this diversity of approaches and settings and challenges scholars to contemplate an evaluation in terms of its theoretical foundation."

Professor Link also edited Valuing an Entrepreneurial Enterprise which is available from Jackson Library both in print and as an e-book. The publisher says "The core of the book presents the new methodology and demonstrates how it avoids the pitfalls of past approaches."

He also authored  Employment Growth from Public Support of Innovation in Small Firms which, according to the publisher, provides "a statistical assessment of the employment growth associated with public support of R&D in small, entrepreneurial firms through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program."

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