Kenneth A. Small

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Professor Emeritus, Economics
School of Social Sciences

PH.D., University of California, Berkeley

Phone: (949) 824-5658, 5788
Fax: (949) 824-2182

University of California, Irvine
Department of Economics
SSPB 2203
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Urban economics, transportation economics, discrete-choice econometrics, environmental economics.
Academic Distinctions
Lauds & Laurels award for Faculty Achievement, UCI Alumni Association, 2007.

Fellow, Regional Science Association International, 2006.

Visiting Patterson Scholar, Northwestern University, spring 2004.

Distinguished Transportation Research Award, Transportation Research Forum, 2004.

Distinguished Member Award, Transportation and Public Utilities Group, American Economic Association, 1999.

Gilbert White Fellow, Resources for the Future, 1999-2000.
Research Abstract
Kenneth A. Small, Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California at Irvine, specializes in urban, transportation, and environmental economics. Recent research topics include urban highway congestion, measurement of value of time and reliability, effects of fuel efficiency standards, public transit pricing, and fuel taxes. He recently stepped down after four years as Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part B–Methodological, and he remains on the editorial boards of this and four other professional journals. He previously was North American Co-Editor of the international journal, Urban Studies. He has served on several study committees of the National Research Council, examining among other things cost-benefit analysis and equity in transportation finance. His book Urban Transportation Economics, recently updated in a new edition (Economics of Urban Transportation), became a widely cited standard reference in the field. He was honored in 1999 with the Distinguished Member Award by the Transport & Public Utilities Group, American Economic Association, and in 2004 with the Distinguished Transportation Research Award by the Transportation Research Forum. He is the recipient of the Faculty Achievement award at UC-Irvine in 2007, and is a Fellow of Regional Science Association International.

Professor Small has advised many public and private groups including 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 US Environmental Protection Agency. At Irvine, he previously served as Chair of Economics and Associate Dean of Social Sciences.
“Hypercongestion in Downtown Metropolis,” Journal of Urban Economics (2013), in press (with Mogens Fosgerau).
“Should Urban Transit Subsidies Be Reduced?” American Economic Review, 99(3), 2009, pp. 700-724 (with Ian W.H. Parry)
"Uncovering the Distribution of Motorists' Preferences for Travel Time and Reliability,” Econometrica, 73 (2005), pp. 1367-1382 (with C. Winston and J. Yan).
"Does Britain or The United States Have the Right Gasoline Tax?" American Economic Review, 95 (2005), pp. 1276-1289 (with Ian W.H. Parry).
"Urban Spatial Structure," Journal of Economic Literature, 1998 (with Alex Anas and Richard Arnott).
"Urban Transportation Economics," Vol. 51 of Fundamentals of Pure and Applied Economics series, 1992.
"Optimal Highway Durability", American Economic Review, June 1988 (with Clifford Winston).
"Applied Welfare Economics with Discrete Choice Models," Econometrica, 1981 (with H.S. Rosen).
National Science Foundation, 1977-78, 1980-82, 1982-84, 1985-87; UC Transp Center, 1984-94, 1997-2001; John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, 1987-88; Nat'l Cooperative Highway Research Program 1995-96; Daimler-Benz Corp, 1996-99; US Dept. of Transp., 1999-2001; UC Energy Institute, 2000-02, 05-06; Calif Air Resources Board & Calif Energy Commission, 2003-04;
“Effects of Policies to Reduce Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Consumption,” Energy and Environmental Analysis, Inc., subcontract to US Dept. of Energy, 2006-07
Professional Societies
American Economic Association
Regional Science Association International
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Transportation Research Board
Other Experience
Visiting Professor
Harvard University 1991—1992

Assistant Professor
Princeton University 1976—1983

Graduate Programs

Transportation Science

Research Center
Institute of Transportation Studies, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science
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