Facts about the course

ECTS Credits:
Responsible department:
Faculty of Logistics
Course Leader:
Johan Holmgren
Lecture Semester:
Spring, Autumn
Teaching language:
½ year

TRA720 Cost-Benefit Analysis with Applications in Transport Infrastructure (Spring 2020)

About the course

In this course, we will discuss analytical approach to analysis of public investments and other decisions. Focus will be on Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), which is the most commonly recommended by researchers and governments. We will discuss key aspects of project evaluation such as how to value benefits and costs, how to account for events in different points of time, how to deal with market imperfections and distributional considerations. We will also discuss uncertainty and critique against formal evaluation methods as well as the role of such methods in decision-making.

Examples will be mainly from the transport sector since this is the sector where CBA is applied most systematically and much of the theoretical development originate. Other examples and applications will also be discussed (i.e. applications to health care and environment).

The course is connected to the following study programs

Recommended requirements

Knowledge of basic Microeconomics is recommended.

Reduction of Credits

This course’s contents overlap with the following courses. A reduction of credits will occur if one of these courses is taken in addition:

Course Reduction of Credits
TRA700 – Transportation Infrastructure Assessment 7.5
SØK701 – Cost Benefit Analysis 7.5

The student's learning outcomes after completing the course

The successful candidate should have achieved advanced knowledge about theory and methods for economic evaluation of public projects with emphasis on cost-benefit analysis. The candidate also should have:

• Obtained a good overview of the theoretical foundation for cost-benefit analysis.

• Obtained knowledge about the regulatory and planning framework within which these analyses are made, with focus on current international practice.

• Obtained knowledge to use analytical models and calculations to carry out case studies.

• Obtained knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of this analytical framework.

• Obtained in-depth knowledge about one selected aspect from the course as a topic for the essay

• Improved his/her analytical and writing abilities through the process of assignment writing


  • Form of assessment: Written school assessment

  • Proportion: 60%

  • Duration: 4 Hours

  • Grouping: Individual

  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)

  • Support material: All printed and written supporting material + calculator with empty memory

  • Form of assessment: Home assessment

  • Proportion: 40%

  • Duration: 1 Semesters

  • Grouping: Group

  • Grading scale: Letter (A - F)

  • Note:An assignment on a selected topic related to the course counts 40% of the final grade. The assignment is normally to be written by two or three students together, and only one common grade is given to the group assignment.

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