ITEA President’s Message
It is a great privilege to serve as the fourth President of the International Transportation Economics Association (ITEA). My predecessors have nurtured and passed on an impressive capital of efficiency and excellence that has characterized ITEA for almost fifteen years. I will do my best to make it even more fruitful.
The members of the Executive Committee and I will work hard to further improve the visibility and reputation of ITEA in the world of academic and professional economists. We will work hard to strengthen the organization of our annual conference and school which are both unique environments to exchange ideas and knowledge on transportation economics. We will work hard to support the efforts of our editors’ journal, Economics of Transportation, to expand its outreach and attractiveness.
The advent of the digital economy offers new technical solutions to old transportation issues that decision makers have always faced, such as traffic congestion or urban sprawl. In particular the governance design of digitalized transportation systems has become a very hot topic on our research agenda. This period of intense technological change should give us further incentives to boost the development of transportation economics at the confluence of industrial organization, public economics, political economy, behavioral economics and economic theory.
Our main duty is to give birth to a new generation of transportation economists and to pass them the baton of excellence in research. It is crucial to take doctorate students and juniors researchers on board. I would like to ask each ITEA member to enroll at least one younger colleague in the next two years.
I look forward to seeing you all soon.
With best wishes,