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Kara Kockelman - Economics of Transportation Textbook

image of book cover for The Economics of Transportation Systems

Jan. 29, 2014

Transportation engineering professor Kara Kockelman recently published the textbook The Economics of Transportation Systems: A Reference for Practitioners.

The book is designed to introduce transportation practitioners to the underlying economic realities of their profession.

It illustrates economic concepts through transportation applications and case studies, covering a wide range of topics including:

  • Transportation costs and benefits
  • Transportation pricing
  • Regulation and competition
  • Location choices, land values, wages, and economic development
  • Investment and financing
  • Project evaluation
  • Economic impact analysis
  • Econometric data analysis

There is also a free version which includes lecture notes and slideshows. 

Students T. Donna Chen and Brice G. Nichols contributed to the book as well as Katie A. Larsen (MS 2010, PhD 2012), a post-doctoral researcher for The Center for Transportation Research.