Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Politics and International Relations
Nancy Neiman Auerbach
© 2013 Evelyn Wong
This thesis examines the evaluation of the economic, environmental and social effects of dams, and lessons learned from previous dams. It then focuses on cost benefit analysis as a decision-making tool pre-project for evaluating the potential gains and losses of building a dam; and as a framework for evaluating dams in operation. It reviews the basic assumptions required for a legitimate cost benefit analysis, and the inherent limitations of this method. It uses the Sardar Sarovar dam as a case study for the use and abuse of cost benefit analysis in decision-making, interstate politics, propaganda and activism. It also illustrates the difficulties in dividing costs and benefits in an equitable manner at national, state, and grassroots levels.
Wong, Evelyn, "“Damning The Dams”: A Study of Cost Benefit Analysis In Large Dams Through The Lens of India's Sardar Sarovar Project" (2013). Scripps Senior Theses. 169.