Individual Factors

Hans M. Koot, Jaap Oosterlaan, Lucres M. Jansen, Anna Neumann, Marjolein Luman, Pol A. C. van Lier

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This chapter focuses on how cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses can be used to optimally inform the general public and, more importantly, policymakers in policy decisions regarding treatment interventions. Cost-effectiveness analysis can be seen as a special case of cost-benefit analysis. In cost-benefit analysis, costs and benefits are both measured in monetary units. For instance, we can calculate the costs of a crime prevention or treatment programme and at the same time estimate the effects in terms of money saved. In health care, cost-effectiveness analyses are a well-established decision-making tool in reimbursement policy. By using the cost-benefit approach, the authors argued that effective prevention and treatment programmes are not costs to the taxpayer but rather an investment, as the cost-benefit ratio is positive. To apply cost-effectiveness research to crime prevention and treatment programmes in youth, one has to adopt some scientific basics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow’s Criminals: The Development of Child Delinquency and Effective Interventions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781317009979
ISBN (Print)9780754671510
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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NameTomorrow’s Criminals: The Development of Child Delinquency and Effective Interventions

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