Kuhmo NECTAR Conference and Summer School on Transportation Economics:
Annual Conference of the International Transportation Economics Association 2013

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Summer School: Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, 2013
Conference: Wednesday-Friday, July 10-12, 2013
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

The Summer School will conclude at lunchtime on Wednesday, and the Conference will commence in the early afternoon. The conference will conclude in the late afternoon on the Friday, with an optional social event on Friday evening.

Thank you for coming to the Summer School and Conference. For information on the 2014 event in Toulouse, France, see:

Read the papers that won prizes:

Best Paper Award: Jonathan D. Hall Pareto Improvements from Lexus Lanes: The Case For Pricing a Portion of the Lanes on Congested Highways

Best Paper by a Young Researcher Award: Alejandro Molnar Congesting the Commons: A Test for Strategic Congestion Externalities in the Airline Industry

View photographs of the event at Northwestern University Transportation Center's Facebook page.

Mark Your Calendars for 2014

The ITEA Conference and Summer School on Transportation Economics 2014 will be held in Toulouse, France and organized by Marc Ivaldi and Henrik Andersson of the Toulouse School of Economics. The dates will be:
Summer School: Monday-Wednesday, June 2-4, 2014
Conference: Wednesday-Friday, June 4-6, 2014

Summer School

The Summer School provides a condensed programme giving an introduction to academic research in transport economics including recent advances. The Summer School program consists of 10 lectures and tutorials delivered by a faculty comprising a range of the most prominent researchers in transport economics:

Richard Arnott (University of California, Riverside, USA) - Parking
Jan Brueckner (University of California, Irvine, USA) - Airline Networks
André de Palma (École Normale Supérieure, France) - Road Pricing and Urban Form
Mogens Fosgerau (Technical University of Denmark) - Valuation of Time
Robin Lindsey (University of British Columbia, Canada) - Equilibria and Optima
Kenneth Small (University of California, Irvine, USA) - Transport Demand and Supply
Jos Van Ommeren (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - Tutorials in Transportation Economics
Erik Verhoef (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - Second-best Pricing
Sarah West (Macalester College, USA) – Emissions and Fuel Economy

Read more about our faculty.

Summer School participants can access the schedule and readings at a protected site (username and password required).


The conference schedule is available in:

  • an interactive format allowing access to presentation abstracts and - in many cases - the full paper, and as
  • a PDF file of the printed conference program

The aim of the Conference is to promote scientific excellence in the field of transport economics and to provide a forum for stimulating scientific exchange. Greater than 100 papers will be presented. Papers will address issues that include:

  • transport investment and funding
  • airline and airport economics
  • fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, and emissions
  • parking
  • traffic crashes
  • the pricing of congestion
  • urban bus services
  • demand estimation and forecasting
  • land use and urban economics
  • inter-regional and international trade
  • railroad economics including high-speed passenger rail

The conference keynote speaker is Charles Manski, Board of Trustees Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. His research spans econometrics, judgment and decision, the analysis of social policy, and disaggregate choice models. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the National Research Council's Committee for the Study of Intercity Passenger Travel Issues.

Charles Manski Book CoverThe topic of his keynote address is Forming Transportation Policy in an Uncertain World. His recent book "Public Policy in an Uncertain World" (Harvard University Press, 2013) argues broadly that society should face up to the uncertainties that attend policy formation. He observes that the current practice of policy analysis suffers from incredible certitude, as researchers use untenable assumptions to make precise predictions of policy outcomes. He recommends conducting credible policy analyses that explicitly expresses the limits to knowledge by providing interval rather than point predictions, and uses this to consider how policy makers might make reasonable decisions in an uncertain world. In this lecture he will argue that these themes apply with considerable force to transportation policy in general, and to the difficulty of forecasting travel demand under counterfactual policies in particular.

The conference also includes a special session sponsored by the International Transport Forum on Demand Forecasting in Action. Speakers include Chandra Bhat, Hani Mahmassani, Kenneth Small and Mark Wardman (pictured left to right).

Conference Social Events

On Wednesday evening is the conference dinner at the conference facility on the lagoon on Northwestern's lake front campus.

On Odyssey Boat CruiseThursday evening there will be a dinner cruise on the Odyssey starting from Navy Pier in Chicago. Bus transportation to and from Navy Pier will be provided. Enjoy a three-hour cruise along the Chicago lake front and watch the sun set behind the famous skyscrapers. Dinner and refreshments will be provided. The cruise is included in the fees. Tickets for accompanying persons will be available.

On Friday evening will be a social event, dinner buffet and drinks at a bar and restaurant in downtown Evanston, close to the conference hotels.

The Wednesday and Thursday events are included in the conference registration. Tickets to the optional Friday social event will be available during registration for $30.

Information for Authors

The conference sessions are organized into 60 minute blocks. Two papers will be presented in each block. The presenter of the second paper will be the session chair. Authors should plan on presentations of about 20 minutes to allow for a question and answer period. A host computer and projector will be available in all session rooms.

Authors who submitted the full version of their paper by June 1 are eligible for two cash prizes, one for best paper, and the other for best paper by a young researcher.

Even if you did not submit by June 1, the conferences encourages all authors to post a full version of their paper on the conference website. There will not be a formal proceedings volume, and authors are free to submit their papers for journal publications. Authors can also submit updated revised versions.

Instructions for submitting your full paper are:

  1. Go to conference page on Indico
    Log in with your username and password
    Select My Conference > My Contributions in the left hand menu
  2. Select the appropriate paper, and go to the "Material > add material" section. You can either upload a PDF from your computer or add a hyperlink to a URL where the paper is posted



It is still not too late to register. Registration fees are:

Combined Summer School and Conference
  ITEA Member
(Join ITEA)
Regular Fee $1,400 $1,490
Student Fee (*) $950 $1,040

Registration fees include entry to all sessions, coffee breaks, lunches from Monday to Friday, and evening dinners and receptions from Monday to Thursday. A social event and dinner will be held on Friday evening for a nominal $30 fee.

* Proof of student status, such as showing your University ID Card, will be required at check in.


Conference Only
ITEA Member (join ITEA) $610
Non members $700

Registration fees include entry to all sessions, coffee breaks, lunches on Thursday and Friday, and evening dinners and receptions and social events on Wednesday and Thursday. The conference sessions will conclude late Friday afternoon. A social event and dinner will be held on Friday evening for a nominal $30 fee.

Accompanying Persons: During on-line registration, attendees can purchase additional tickets to the various evening social events / dinners:
Conference dinner (Wednesday): $50
Dinner cruise (Thursday): $100
Dinner/social event (Friday): $30

Refund Policy: Full refunds (less a $20 processing fee) prior to June 1, 2013, 50% refund between June 1 and June 15, 2013. No refunds after June 15, 2013. Direct refund requests to Ian Savage.

Attendees requiring an invitation to obtain a visa to the United States should e-mail Ian Savage, and specify in their e-mail (a) their full name as shown in their passports, (b) their business address, and (c) whether or not they are presenting a paper. A of a visa letter will be e-mailed within 2 business days.

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The reserved blocks of rooms at special rates at these hotels has now expired. Contact hotel for rates and availability.

Hilton Orrington
1710 Orrington Avenue

Distance: 0.5 miles (10 minutes walk)
Rooms with king-sized or two queen beds available
Complimentary internet access in guest rooms
On-line or by phone at +1-847-866-8700 or +1-800-445-8667 (toll free)

Hilton Garden Inn
1818 Maple Avenue

Distance: 0.6 miles (12 minutes walk)
Rooms with king-sized or two double beds available
Complimentary internet access in guest rooms
On-line or by phone at +1-847-475-6400 or +1-877-782-9444 (toll free)

Best Western University Plaza
1501 Sherman Avenue

Distance: 0.8 miles (15 minutes walk)
Rooms with two double beds available
Complimentary internet access in guest rooms
Breakfast included
On-line or by phone only directly to the hotel at +1-847-491-6400 or +1-800-382-6786 (toll free)


Travel and Directions

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the closest and most convenient airport to the conference site. Taxi and public transportation is available, with a travel time of 35-40 minutes. Chicago Midway Airport is further away, but there is a public transportation link.

The Summer School will be held in the lower level classroom of The Transportation Center at 600 Foster Street. The conference will be held in the Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston, which is directly across the street. For detailed travel information including travel from the airports see:

A local map showing the conference venue, hotels, and parking information can be downloaded:
Local Map
(make sure your browser correctly displays this map, it should include red and yellow boxes highlighting the venues).


Chicago is hot in July. The average high temperature is 84 F (29 C) and the average low 64 F (18 C). It is often quite humid. However, the conference is right on the shore of Lake Michigan and there is usually a cooling breeze in the afternoon. All conference facilities are air conditioned. Thunderstorms are not uncommon, but any rainfall is usually brief.


Bring the Family / Stay for a While

Evanston is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. In Evanston, you can:

  • Go to the sandy beaches
  • Relax on the beautiful lake front campus
  • Stroll through neighborhoods of Victorian homes
  • Enjoy a diverse set of dining options
  • Take the train for an evening under the stars at the outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park

There are public transportation links to downtown Chicago by commuter train and subway/elevated mass transit rail. In Chicago you can:

  • Visit the world famous Art Institute of Chicago and other museums
  • Go to the viewing deck of one of the skyscrapers
  • Take a boat trip on the river or a walking tour to view the world-famous architecture
  • Visit a blues club
  • See a baseball game on the north or south sides
  • Walk on the lake front and visit the zoo
  • Travel to suburb Oak Park to view the famous houses by architect Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Go shopping on Michigan Avenue
  • Attend a theatre production
  • Eat in world class restaurants
  • Take an extended trip before or after the conference to the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, Indiana or Michigan

See an area map showing the summer school / conference venue, the airports and downtown Chicago:
Chicago Area Map
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For more information on events and attractions in:


Guest Wireless Access on Campus

Information for non-Northwestern participants on guest access to the University wireless network.


Meeting Organizers

Ian Savage (2013 Summer School and Conference Chair)

Kenneth A. Small (President, ITEA)

Robin Lindsey (Chair, ITEA Scientific Committee)

Jan Brueckner (Chair, ITEA Summer School Committee)


Thank You to our Sponsors

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ElsevierElsevier – publisher of the Economics of Transportation, the official journal of the International Transportation Economics Association


Summer School Scholarships Generously Supported by:

BNSF Railway

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Hanson, Inc

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January 28, 2014