Kenneth A. Small



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Kenneth A. Small, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California at Irvine, specializes in urban, transportation, and environmental economics. Recent research topics include highway congestion, toll-lane demonstration projects, value of time and reliability, fuel taxes, fuel efficiency regulations for cars, and public transit service and pricing. He is especially recognized as an expert in congestion pricing, travel-demand analysis, discrete-choice econometrics, and environmental issues in transportation. His 1992 book Urban Transportation Economics, and its subsequent 2007 update in collaboration with Erik Verhoef, are widely cited as preeminent reference works in transportation economics.


Professor Small was the founding President of the International Transportation Economics Association, and still serves on its Executive Committee. He served four years as Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, with responsibility for handling submitted papers in the areas of transportation economics and travel demand. He was previously North American co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Urban Studies, and continues to serve as member of three editorial boards. He received the Distinguished Member Award of the Transportation and Public Utilities Group of the American Economic Association in 1999, and the Distinguished Transportation Research Award of the Transportation Research Forum in 2004. He was Visiting Professor of Economics at Harvard University in 1991-92, and Visiting Patterson Scholar at the Northwestern University Transportation Center during spring of 2004. He became a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International in 2006, and was 2007 winner of the Faculty Achievement award given annually by the Alumni Association of University of California, Irvine.


Professor Small has served on several study committees of the National Research Council (NRC), most recently one examining the role of equity in considering transportation funding mechanisms. Earlier he served on another NRC committee examining the Congestion Management and Air Quality program of the federal government. In 2004 he served on an expert panel for the General Accountability Office on the role of benefit-cost analysis in transportation. He has advised the Canadian Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation, the European Union, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the World Bank, the California Air Resources Board, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Professor Small is a Nonresident Fellow of Resources for the Future, a non-profit research institution. At Irvine, he served in the past as Associate Dean of Social Sciences and as Chair and Vice Chair of Economics.


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