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Explain why sunk costs should not be included in a capital budgeting analysis but opportunity costs and externalities should be included. Give an example of each.

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To explain: The reason for not considering the sunk cost in capital budgeting analysis and for considering the opportunity cost and externalities.

Introduction:

Sunk Cost:

The cost that is not based on the acceptance or rejection of a decision is called sunk cost. It is an already incurred cost before taking decision about the project and can’t be adjusted or recovered.

Opportunity Cost:

The loss of estimated income due to the rejection of a project is known as opportunity cost. It is considered as an important factor for capital budgeting decisions.

Externalities:

The cost to eliminate the effect of an alternative on other parties that are not involved in the decision making is called externalities cost. It is considered along with other factors, to accept or reject an alternative.

Explanation
  • The costs that are dependent on the alternative chosen are included in the capital budgeting analysis.
  • The costs that are n...

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