Errors in Project Approval and Mandatory Review

D. Prady, F. Schuett

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We compare two processes for society to review projects: one that is entirely based upon the initiative of interested parties, and one that first submits projects to a nonpartisan and mandatory review. In the first case, the default outcome is approval and projects are carried out without prior authorization. In the second case, the mandatory review results in either approval or rejection of submitted projects. In either case, private parties can contest the outcome and initiate a definitive review. Since the second review overrules the first one, the mandatory review may seem redundant. However, the mandatory review can improve the decision of private parties to initiate a definitive review. Thanks to private parties' improved decision making, mandatory review can lead to a reduction of both type I and type II errors.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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NameTILEC Discussion Paper


  • project review
  • private initiative
  • type I and type II errors


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