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NUTC Guest Speaker- "Do Equations Have Politics? Time, Design and Pricing in Transport Economics" - Sergio Jara-Diaz, Universidad de Chile

When: Thursday, May 19, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Chambers Hall, 600 Foster St, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Andrea Cehaic   (847) 491-7287

Group: Northwestern University Transportation Center

Category: Academic



Professor Jara-Diaz will provide a synthesis on his recent work on the role of trip distance on the optimal pricing of public transport services, the hidden hierarchies and substitutions behind the differences in the time assigned to work by gender, and the revealed preferences behind the reduced fare programs for students and elders.



Sergio Jara-Diaz is Professor of Transport Economics at Universidad de Chile. He received his Ph.D. (1981) with a thesis in the field of Transport Economics, and a M.Sc. (1980) in Civil Engineering, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also M.Sc. (1977) in Urban Planning from U. Católica de Chile and Civil Engineer (1974) from U. de Chile.  Dr. Jara-Diaz is a founding member of the Transport Division at U. de Chile.  His research interests include user behaviour (travel time values, income effect); models of time use (values of leisure and work); industry structure on transport networks; strategic design of public transport; optimal pricing; and social appraisal of transport projects. He is the author of Transport Economic Theory (Elsevier, 2007) and acted as Deputy Director of the Institute for Complex Engineering

Systems (2007-2014) until he became the Provost of U. de Chile (2014-2016). 


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