Prospective costs

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Prospective costs are costs that may be incurred or changed if an action is taken. They can lead to unintended loss and positive or negative results for the stakeholders,[1] and can be contrasted with sunk costs, which are costs that have already been incurred.


  1. ^ Eltinge, J. L. (2007). Evaluation of prospective benefits, costs and risks of standards for statistical programs. Section on Survey Research Methods.