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U.S.-China economic analyses of urban congestion: What both countries can learn from each other

With the fast pace of urbanization process, countries have now come to realize that congestion delays may affect specific sectors and even the overall economy. In a research conducted by Clifford Winston at Brookings Institution and Quentin Karpilow from Yale University, the scholars explored how congestion affects the California economy accounting for the growth in employment, GDP, wages, and freight flows. Moreover, they shed lights on what China may learn from this U.S. example.

The Brookings-Tsinghua Center hosted a two-day conference on U.S.-China economic analyses of urban congestion: What both countries can learn from Each Other. The conference started from Monday, 17 October 2016 at Room 302, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University and lasted until Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

Agenda

Session 1: A first step toward road pricing: The marginal congestion cost in Beijing

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Shanjun Li

Associate Professor - The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

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Kenneth Small

Professor Emeritus - Department of Economics, University of California at Irvine

Tea break

Session 2: How does on-road traffic affect air quality? Analysis of the nonlinear relationship between vehicle traffic and air pollutants in Beijing

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Ping Qin

Associate Professor - School of Economics, Renmin University of China

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Dan McMillen

Professor - Department of Economics and Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Tea break

Session 3: Vehicle size choice and automobile externalities in the United States: A dynamic analysis

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Jia Yan

Associate Professor - School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University

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Kenneth Small

Professor Emeritus - Department of Economics, University of California at Irvine

Session 4: Beijing subway system pricing policies and road congestion

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Siqi Zheng

Associate Professor - Institute of Real Estate Studies, Tsinghua University

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Yizhen Gu

Assistant Professor - Institute for Economic and Social Research, Jinan University

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Kenneth Small

Professor Emeritus - Department of Economics, University of California at Irvine

Tea break

Session 5: Beijing's environmental factors and transportation choices

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Jaimie Lien

Assistant Professor - Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Jie Zheng

Assistant Professor - Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

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Matt Kahn

Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences - University of Southern California

Session 6: Fairness, efficiency, and the allocation mechanism for vehicle license plates: A comparison of related policies in Beijing and Shanghai

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Jie Zheng

Assistant Professor - Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

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Matt Kahn

Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences - University of Southern California

Tea break

Session 7: The effect of highway congestion on the U.S. economy's performance: A new perspective on the benefits of ameliorating traffic delays

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Matt Kahn

Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences - University of Southern California

Closing of the conference

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