Department of Technology and Society

EST625 Advanced Science, Technology, Innovation Policy

Guest Lecture

Theory and application of road congestion pricing

Dr. Alex Anas

Host: Guilherme Larangeira

1:15pm, March 3, 2022


Bio: Alex Anas is professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo since 1991. Prior to joining the faculty at Buffalo, Dr. Anas was on the faculty at Northwestern University from 1975 to 1991 and had visting appointments at Stanford University in 1981-82 and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986-88. Dr. Anas obtained his BA and BS from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972, and his MA, MCP in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006 Dr. Anas was inducted as a fellow of the Regional Science Association International and in 2016 he was presented with the Walter Isard Award in recognition of his scholarly achievements in the field of Regional Science.  Dr. Anas' research interests over the years have spanned theoretical, empirical and applied urban economics. His publications have contributed to understanding dynamic land use adjustment with durable housing and the abandonment of housing in central cities, the effects of transportation including public transportation on property values and urban land use, the effects of traffic congestion and congestion pricing on land use, dynamic housing market models, the effects of regulations on the housing market, models with dispersed jobs and residences, theories of systems of cities with intercity trade, urban agglomeration, ethnic segregation and ghettos, and the beneficial effects of urban sprawl.

Paper discussed:

Anas, Alex, and Robin Lindsey. 2020. “Reducing Urban Road Transportation Externalities: Road Pricing in Theory and in Practice.” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, September.

Anas, Alex. 2020. “The Cost of Congestion and the Benefits of Congestion Pricing: A General Equilibrium Analysis.” Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 136 (June): 110–37.