II. Recurring Issues in the Practice of Cost-Benefit Analysis and an Overview of the Ongoing Debates over the Application of Cost-Benefit Analysis to Financial Regulation
Note to Assignments in Part II of the Seminar: To begin with, please note that these assignments and reading are provisional, subject to amendment, expansion, and adjustment after the first three classes when we’ll have a better sense of the interests of seminar participants. Conceptually, we hope to accomplish two things in these six classes. First, we want to take a deeper dive into a number of recurring and important topics in cost-benefit analysis, drawing on both technical coverage of these issues from the Boardman et al. text as well as selected readings from a range of scholars in law and other disciplines. Second, we want to introduce students to the growing body of scholarship debating the efficacy and desirability of cost-benefit analysis in the field of financial regulation. Set forth below is a brief bibliography of recent scholarship on financial cost benefit analysis as well as provisional set of substantive topics to be addressed in this part of the course. As currently envisioned, each class of these classes will explore one recurring issue relevant to cost benefit analysis in a wide range of contexts plus one topic focused on financial cost benefit analysis.