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Welcome to the web site of the International Transportation Economics Association. The Association aims to foster transportation economics as a thriving discipline, based on strong research and research-supported policy applications.
Our 2013 conference and summer school, held at Northwestern University near Chicago, were attended by 140 researchers and students from all over the world. This was our first conference in North America, so we are very gratified by its success. As you can tell from our web site, the 2014 conference will be in Toulouse, France, and we are eagerly soliciting proposals for a venue for 2015.
ITEA sponsors a journal, Economics of Transportation, which has already published some first-rate issues and has more in the works. We expect it to quickly become recognized throughout the economics profession as a leading outlet for research. We also have a group on LinkedIn and a newsletter complete with provocative guest essays. Join us!
Kuhmo Nectar Conference and Summer School on Transportation Economics
The 2014 edition of the Annual Conference of the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA) will be hosted by the Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse, France. The dates are:
Kuhmo Nectar Summer School
June 2-4, 2014
Kuhmo Nectar Conference
June 4-6, 2014
The conference and summer school will be held as part of the annual TIGER Forum. For further information on the TIGER Forum, you can visit: www.tiger-forum.com.
Call for Venue
The International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA) invites proposals for venue for the Kuhmo Nectar Conference and Summer School on transportation economics in 2015. Proposals for venue in 2016 are also welcome.
Natural candidates for venue and local organizer are universities, research institutions, or other organizations in the field. The venue and local organizer for 2014 will be Toulouse School of Economics in Toulouse. The venues and local organizers for 2013 were Northwestern University in Chicago.
The Kuhmo Nectar Conference and Summer School will take 5 days, from Monday to Friday, 2.5 days for the Summer School and 2.5 days for the Conference. The dates for the Summer School and Conference should be in summer, preferably between the middle of June and the middle of July.
Any questions you may have considering the organization of the Kuhmo Nectar Conference and Summer School, please be free to ask.
Pedro Cantos-Sánchez, Chair
The 2013 edition of the conference was held in Chicago. More information below.
Kuhmo Nectar Conference and Summer School 2013
July 8-10 Summer School
July 10-12 Conference
Local Organizer: Northwestern University
Keynote Speaker 2013
The keynote speaker of the Kuhmo Nectar Conference 2013 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.
The topic of Professor Manski´s keynote address was 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.
Special Session 2013 sponsored by ITF
The Kuhmo Nectar Conference 2013 included a special session sponsored by the International Transport Forum on Demand Forecasting in Action. Speakers included Chandra Bhat, Hani Mahmassani, Kenneth Small and Mark Wardman (pictured left to right).
The Kuhmo Nectar Conference and Summer School 2012 was held in Berlin. The events were hosted by DIW Berlin and Technical University of Berlin. Read more The 2011 Conference and Summer School were hosted by the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS), The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Read more The 2010 Conference and Summer School were hosted by University of Valencia. Read more For earlier conferences 2006-2009 see here