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Noted Environmental Economist Ken Small Joins RFF As
Nonresident Fellow

CONTACT: RFF Office of Communications, 202-328-5026

WASHINGTON – Kenneth A. Small, one of the nation’s leading experts on urban transportation issues, has joined Resources for the Future as a Nonresident Fellow.

Small, a frequent contributor to RFF research over the past 10 years, will work on a variety of issues, including traffic congestion, road pricing, fuel efficiency standards, public transit, and gasoline taxes, among others.

“Ken Small is recognized as an outstanding environmental economist, and we are delighted that he will formally collaborate with our research program,” said Mark Cohen, RFF’s Vice President for Research. “He will bring a robust academic career to bear on our work.”

A Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California at Irvine, Small has written or coauthored numerous RFF discussion papers, book chapters, and other publications. For four years, he served as Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part B–Methodological, and he remains on the editorial boards of that 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 the federal program on congestion management and air quality. His book, Urban Transportation Economics, was recently updated in a new edition (Economics of Urban Transportation) and has become a widely cited standard reference in the field.

In 1999, Small was recipient of the Distinguished Member Award by the Transport & Public Utilities Group of the American Economic Association, and in 2004 was given the Distinguished Transportation Research Award by the Transportation Research Forum. He is the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Achievement award at UC-Irvine, 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, and the California Air Resources Board. At Irvine, he previously served as Chair of Economics and Associate Dean of Social Sciences.

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