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Alex Anas

Frank H. and Josephine L Goodyear Professor
Chair of the Department
Professor of Economics
Froncazak Hall 415B


  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., M.C.P. University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S., B.A. Carnegie-Mellon University

Research Interests

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Urban economics
  • Housing policy in free and regulated economies
  • Computable dynamic urban general equilibrium models,
  • Applied econometrics,
  • Theory of discrete choice models,
  • Economic growth and cities,
  • New international trade theory.

Research Awards

  • National Science Foundation, Urban Research Initiative competition, 1998: “Infrastructure and Metropolitan Development.” ($ 450,000). January 1999 – October 2006. (Project director and principal investigator).
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Science to Achieve Results Program, “A Long Term Integrated Framework Linking Urban Development, Demographic Trends and Technology Changes to Stationary and Mobile Source Emissions.” ($ 675,000). December 2004 through October 2010. (Project director and principal investigator)
  • University of California Multi-campus Research Initiative Project competition  2009: “A Virtual Co-laboratory for Policy Analysis in the Greater L.A. Region” ( $ 2.3 million) January 2010 – present, (Author of proposal and scientific director of project as visiting research economist at the University of California at Riverside)
  • For a complete grant history, please see Professor Anas’s CV on his personal webpage.

Other Contributions and Distinctions

  • United Parcel Service visiting professor on infrastructure planning and management, Stanford University, 1981-1982.
  • Frank H. and Josephine L. Goodyear Professorship, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991-1999
  • Lusk Center Summer Research Fellowship, University of Southern California, 1995.
  • David E. Lincoln Fellowship, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2001.
  • Fellow of the Regional Science Association International. A “high honor by the Association in recognition of distinguished scholarship in, and contribution to Regional Science” (inducted August 2006).
  • Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Urban Economics, (inducted January 2009).
  • The subject field of urban and regional economics was ranked as the top subject field in economics at the University at Buffalo and 15th in the nation: “A Guide to Graduate Study in Economics: Ranking Economics Departments by Fields of Expertise”, Therese C. Grijalva and Clifford Nowell, Southern Economic Journal 2008, 74(4)971–996.