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

Thank you for coming to the 2013 Summer School and Conference.

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.

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

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 conference keynote speaker was 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).


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)