Public Policies as Investments

  • Authors: Michael Mintrom
  • Format: Occasional Paper
  • Published Date: 18 February 2013


This paper has one key message: public policy choices should be informed by investment analysis. Often, they are not. But investment models are starting to be used more systematically to guide government decision-making. Prof Mintrom uses the case studies of early childhood education and jobseeker support to argue for extending the logic of investment decision-making to most government spending choices

These Occasional Papers are jointly published by ANZSOG and the (former) Victorian State Services Authority.

Suggested citation

Mintrom, M. (2013). Public Policies as Investments. SSA/ANZSOG Occasional Paper, 24. Melbourne: ANZSOG.