Friday, 24 July 2009

BERL on Crampton-Burgess on BERL

Over at The Visible Hand in Economics, the invisible (or at least unknown) Hand writes on From the Hand: BERL on Crampton-Burgess on BERL. The basic point of the post:
I mean, for gods sake, if the two sides involved spent more time clarifying the differences in their value judgments and less time scoring points in the media (or delivering “smack downs” as Dr Crampton eloquently describes it), then we might have a clearer idea of what the policy relevant issues are.
But I would point out that BERL has stated that their report is not a policy relevant report! After all it is a cost report, not a benefit-cost report, which would be required for policy work. Which leaves us, again, with the question, What is the purpose of the report? Clarifying this issue would be a start in understand the policy issues.

3 comments:

Matt Nolan said...

"But I would point out that BERL has stated that their report is not a policy relevant report! After all it is a cost report, not a benefit-cost report, which would be required for policy work. Which leaves us, again, with the question, What is the purpose of the report? Clarifying this issue would be a start in understand the policy issues."

Personally, it sounds to me like the Law Commission is at fault here - jumping on reports that don't offer full information on policy and making policy recommendations.

But I haven't read the report, and whenever I say that people get crabby at me - so I should stay out of it :P

Paul Walker said...

Yes I would agree. Palmer, I think, over sold the BERL report in his April 24th speech. It wasn't till a month after the speech that he asked Treasury for advice on the report. Why comment before getting advice?

Crampton said...

It wouldn't have to be a benefit-cost report if they'd constrained it to considering external costs, or even just reported the external portion....