Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez

Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, GSD and HKS
Harvard Kennedy School
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Jose Gomez-Ibanez


Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez is the Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Harvard University, where he holds a joint appointment at the Graduate School of Design and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He teaches courses in economics, infrastructure and transportation policy in both schools.

Professor Gomez-Ibanez research interests are in transportation, infrastructure, and economic development, and he has authored or edited a half dozen books including:

At Harvard, Professor Gomez-Ibanez currently serves as the faculty co-chair (with Henry Lee) of the Infrastructure in a Market Economy executive program at the Kennedy School. Since 2007, he has been Chair of the Social and Urban Policy Area at the Kennedy School. In the past he has been the faculty chair of the Masters in Urban Planning Program at the Design School (2001-2004), of the Masters in Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School (1996-1998), of doctoral programs at the Design School (1992-1995), and of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Design School (1984-1988).

Professor Gomez-Ibanez received his A.B. in government from Harvard College in 1970 and his M.P.P. and Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard in 1972 and 1975, respectively.



  • SUP-651 Transportation Policy and Planning

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. "Prospects for Private Infrastructure in the United States: The Case of Toll Roads." Municipal Revenues and Land Policies. Ed. Gregory K. Ingram and Yu-Hung Hong. Lincoln Institute, 2010, 399-430.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. "An Overview of the Options." Competition in the Railway Industry: An International Comparative Analysis. Ed. José A. Gómez-Ibáñez and Ginés de Rus. Edward Elgar, 2006.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. “La Reación Contra las Empresas de Servicios Públicos.” Argentina: Crisis, Instituciones, y Crecimiento, Vol. 2. Ed. Santiago Urbiztondo, Pablo Spiller, Diego Petrecolla, et al. Buenos Aires: Fundación de Investigaciones Ecónomicas Latinoamericanas, 2004, 537-546.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A., and John R. Meyer. "The Roles of Government and Markets in Transport: Lessons from the U.S. Experience." Governance amid Bigger, Better Markets. Ed. John D. Donahue and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Brookings Institution, 2001, 56-92.
  • Books
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. Regulating Infrastructure: Monopoly, Contracts and Discretion. Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A., ed. Driving and the Built Environment: The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions. Transportation Research Board, Special Report 298, National Academy Press, 2009.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A., and Gines de Rus, eds. Competition in the Railway Industry: An International Comparative Analysis. Edward Elgar, 2006.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A, and Ginés de Rus, eds. Competition in the Railway Industry: An International Comparative Analysis. Edward Elgar, 2006.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Huang, Edward, Henry Lee, Grant Lovellette, and Jose Gomez-Ibanez. "Transportation Revenue Options: Infrastructure, Emissions, and Congestion." Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Discussion Paper 2010-13, September 2010.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. "Alternatives to Infrastructure Privatization Revisited: Public Enterprise Reform from the 1960s to the 1980s." World Bank Policy Research Working Paper WPS4391, November 2007.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. "Private Infrastructure in Developing Countries: Lessons from Recent Experience." Commission on Growth and Development, Workshop on Global Trends and Challenges, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, September 2007.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A., and Fernanda Ruiz Nuñez. "Inefficient Cities." Working Paper, March 2007.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. "Alternatives to Privatization Revisited: The Options for Infrastructure." Working paper prepared for the World Bank, April 2006.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. “The Future of Private Infrastructure.” Discussion Paper, Taubman Center for State and Local Government, April 2004.
    • Gómez-Ibáñez, José A. "Growth in the Belfast-Dublin Corridor: Past and Future Trends." Belfast-Dublin Corridor Conference Paper, October 2001.

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