Brown Bag Series: Vehicles, Travel Demand, and Income: Responses to Subways and Bus Rapid Transit in Mexico City

November 02, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Dr. Paulina Oliva, Associate Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences, with Christopher Severen, Ph.D., Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Danae Hernandez-Cortes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, will discuss their research about how different modes of public transportation interact to meet demands for mobility across the income spectrum. Dr. Oliva will share results from their study about how expansions to the subway and bus rapid transit (BRT) networks shift travel behavior in Mexico City, a dynamic, middle income megacity.

Dr. Oliva specializes in the fields of environmental economics and development. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between air pollution and health and on environmental policy effectiveness in the developing world.

Her work uses a variety of microeconometric techniques to study individual incentives and human impacts of air pollution. Oliva’s research shows that high levels of air pollution can be especially lethal to vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries such as Mexico, China, India and Brazil. She also studies costs of air pollution measured in infant mortality and work hours lost.

In addition to finding that effects of air pollution on infant mortality are much higher in developing countries when compared with the U.S., she has found poor air quality to be the culprit for substantial losses in worker productivity.

Please register to attend the talk in person in the USC Spatial Sciences Institute conference room (AHF B57J) or by Zoom.

November 02, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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