How transfer payments are treated in cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses

  • Linda Frisman
  • Robert Rosenheck


In this article, the treatment of transfer payments, such as welfare and disability payments, is considered. A review of cost studies reveals little uniformity of approach to treatment of transfer payments. The authors propose a framework for treatment of transfer payments, which depends on the selection of study perspective. From the perspective of society (economic efficiency), only the administrative costs of transfer payments are correctly included in cost-benefit studies. Strategies for estimating the administrative costs of transfers are also discussed.


Public Health Economic Efficiency Administrative Cost Transfer Payment Cost Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Frisman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert Rosenheck
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Northeast Program Evaluation CenterVeterans Affairs Medical Center/182West Haven
  2. 2.Yale UniversityUSA

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