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2 Future consumption should count for less than current consumption if there is any positive rate of growth in the economy. This assumes that future consumption is greater than current consumption, and that there is declining marginal utility of consumption in the future. This means that an extra unit of consumption in the future is considered less valuable than an extra unit of consumption now because more units in total are being consumed in the future. 3 Future consumption, and its effects on welfare, is relatively uncertain, and this uncertainty leads to a reduced value of possible benefits and costs, related to the level of uncertainty or risk that pertains to them.
2 Criticisms of Discounting We noted above that the societal discount rate may diverge from the free-market or socially determined rate. This indicates reasons for using a different discount rate for government projects. Below, we briefly note five sets of objections to the rationale for discounting, the first related to use of the market rate itself, the rest to the wider issue of discounting itself. Present Generation Bias Prevailing interest and discount rates are determined by the behaviour of the current generation, and the current generation may act myopically.
This is to assist the farming industry for historical and strategic reasons. In these cases the pricesay for wheatin a 35 36 particular European Union country does not reflect genuine scarcity but is affected by this government price intervention. In this case an adjustment using the shadow price of the affected goods, which is basically their price on world markets, should be made within the CBA. Imperfect Competition If markets are imperfectin particular, if the suppliers of some goods have market power and can set prices as they wishthen the market price does not accurately represent resource scarcity; it is rather a reflection of the power of the dominant firm.