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Fall 2010 - 61190 - PA393L - Advanced Policy Economics

Transportation Economics

Instructor(s): Boske, Leigh B.
Unique Number: 61190
Day & Time: M 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.220
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Course Overview

Students are required to take an additional three-hour course in policy economics, selected from among a set of courses focusing on the application of economic theory and techniques to a specific area of public policy. Course options include macroeconomics, public finance, regulation, international trade and finance, natural resources and environmental policy, health policy, transportation policy, human resource development, urban and regional economic development, international development, education policy, social policy, and labor economics. Not all options are offered every year. This course is usually taken in the second year. 

Section Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the manner in which the economic principles of demand, supply, pricing, efficiency, investment, externalities, and analytical techniques (such as benefit-cost analysis) can be applied to the analysis of a variety of transportation public policy issues such as congestion, subsidies, lack of competition, quality of service, international trade, and various forms of government intervention. All modes of freight and passenger transportation will be considered: mass transit, trucking, airlines, maritime, and railroads. Case studies of current issues will be drawn from local (urban and rural), state, national, and international arenas. Class lectures will consist of both theoretical discussions and their applications to addressing prevailing transportation problems.

Required Textbook:

  • Kenneth Button. 2010. Transport Economics (3rd Edition). Edward Elgar
  • All other assigned readings can be accessed on Blackboard


  • Class Participation: 20%
  • Class Presentation:  30%
  • Examination:           50%