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Free Content Assessing conceptions of cost–benefit analysis among road safety decision-makers: misunderstandings or disputes?

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Abstract:

Statements about economic cost–benefit analysis were assessed in a sample of European road safety decision-makers. These statements related to both principles of cost–benefit analysis and implications for applying the method to road safety projects. A procedure of information reference testing was applied, under the assumption of identifying knowledge and possible misconceptions about the method. Homogeneity and ordinal logit analyses indicated that a high sum-score correlated with economist background, while a low sum-score correlated significantly with negative attitudes towards assessing road safety policy by cost–benefit analysis. However, the sum-score from the statements cannot be regarded as an unequivocal measure of knowledge, and the responses may indicate a boundary dispute about economics as scientific knowledge versus economics as a policy tool.

Keywords: BOUNDARY DISPUTE; HOMOGENEITY ANALYSIS; INFORMATION REFERENCE TESTING; ORDINAL LOGIT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3152/146155110X488790

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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