Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop Presented by Dr. Peter Abelson

9.0 am to 5.0 pm, 20-21 November 2019
UNSW City Centre, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, CBD

Workshop Content

Peter Abelson will provide a comprehensive and contemporary 2-day workshop on CBA. The 8 sessions over the 2 days will include power point presentations covering all major issues, discussion questions and case studies.

The presentations will cover:

  •  Fundamentals of CBA including key metrics (NPV and BCR)
  • Valuation principles
  • Forecasting in CBA
  • Valuation methods
  • The social discount rate
  • Dealing with risk and uncertainty
  • Assessing distributional effects, and
  • Comparison of CBA and other evaluation methods.

There will be discussion questions for participants for each session. Participants are invited to provide notice of any issues of concern to them in advance so that the presenter can ensure, as far as is feasible, that they are covered in the workshop.
The case studies will include major transport projects, health issues, education, environmental issues, urban planning and development, and major events / stadiums.

Participants will be provided with full sets of power point presentations, a mini textbook on CBA covering the 8 workshop topics, and case study materials. Food and drinks are included.

Any enquiries should be addressed to


Dr. Peter Abelson has a Ph.D in Economics from London University.

He held a Chair in Economics at Macquarie University from 2001 to 2006 and taught public economics at Sydney University from 2007 to 2012.

Peter was a Principal Economic Advisor (2 days a week) to NSW Treasury from 2007 to June 2019 with special reference to use of CBA.

Peter was author of the re-drafted Commonwealth Handbook of Cost-Benefit Analysis (Department of Finance, 2006) and he peer-reviewed the Victorian Treasury Economic Evaluation for Business Cases (2013) and the NSW Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis (2017).

He has run 2-day workshops on CBA for many years for various agencies.

Peter is a Director of Applied Economics P/L.

Registration Process

To register, you may either complete registration form below and email to:

or email direct your request to participate to

The workshop fee is $990 (including GST $90) per participant.
Following acceptance of registration (subject to space availability), Applied Economics P/L will invoice the participant / participants’ agency.
In the event of unscheduled cancellation, any payments will be refunded.

pdf Registration Form for CBA Workshop by Peter Abelson 20-21 November 2019