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I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Insitute of Transportation Studies, both at UCLA. I am also an adjunct faculty member in UCLA's Department of Urban Planning. I conduct research in two broad areas: transportation policy and local public finance. My transportation research focuses on efforts to reduce traffic congestion through market-based pricing, and the way that land use regulations--in particular parking requirements--influence both travel behavior and urban form. My public finance research investigates when and why people are willing to pay for collective goods: roads, schools, social services, and so on. I am specifically drawn to the question of whether communities that are more diverse ethnically or economically have difficulty coming to agreement about collective goods, and are therefore less willing to spend money on them. From time to time I also write about other topics; for example, I have published papers on urban and regional economic development. I have a PhD in Urban Planning, but in all my research I draw heavily on theories and methods from economics and political science.  

Currently I teach microeconomics at UCLA. Last year I taught a class at UCLA about the political dimensions of fighting traffic congestion. I am also the associate editor of Access, the University of California's in-house digest of transportation research. Please feel free to contact me at mikemanville@yahoo.com or mmanvill@ucla.edu.