Vol. 6 No. 3-4 (2012)
Articles

The social value of science shops: A cost-benefit analysis

Published November 30, 2012
Esther Boere
Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Wim Heijman
Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
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Boere, E. ., & Heijman, W. . (2012). The social value of science shops: A cost-benefit analysis. Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, 6(3-4), 23-30. https://doi.org/10.19041/APSTRACT/2012/3-4/3

We describe and apply a method to determine the net social benefits of science shops. University departments operating as science shops coordinate research projects for individuals or civil society organizations (CSO) lacking the financial means to turn to professional consultancy bureaus. Three cases are analyzed; the science shops atWageningen, Brussels and Eindhoven. After investigation, it appears that under the normal assumptions for the application of CBA, the science shops concerned show positive net social benefits.