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Kenneth J. Button

University Professor; Director, Doctoral Program in Public Policy
Kenneth J. Button



3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Fax: 703-993-1574


Kenneth Button is a Professor of Public Policy at the George Mason Schar School of Policy and Government and a world-renowned expert on transportation policy. He has published, or has in press, some 80 books and over 400 academic papers in the field of transport economics, transport planning, environmental analysis and industrial organization. Some of his recent books include: Airline Deregulation: An International Perspective (David Fulton Publishing), Flying into the Future: Air Transport Policy in the European Union, Edward Elgar Publishing), Handbook of Transport Modelling, (Pergamon Press); Transport, the Environment and Sustainable Development (E & FN Spon publishing); Meta-analysis in Environmental Economics (Kluwer); Air Transport Networks (Edward Elgar Publishing).

Before coming to the Schar School of Policy and Government, Professor Button was an advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development where he headed up the OECD work on International Aviation (which produced The Future of International Air Transport Policy: Responding to Global Change).

Professor Button has previously held visiting academic posts at the University of British Columbia and the University of California at Berkeley. In the two years prior to his secondment to the OECD he completed consultancy work for the ICAO in Brazil as well as studies for the European Union, Transport Canada, the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, the UN-DDSMS and the World Bank. He was a director of the transport consultancy firm Pearce, Sharp and Associates which specialized in work on transport. He was The Special Advisor to the UK House of Common Transport Committee between 1993 and 1994. In 1990 he had been seconded to the OECD to assist in the preparation of documentation for its five yearly meeting of Ministers of Environment.

Since 1996 he has contributed invited presentations to international conferences in the UK, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Cyprus, Belgium, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Chile, Italy, South Africa and Korea as well as in the US. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on air transport issues. He is editor of the leading international academic journals Transportation Research D: Transport and the Environment and of the Journal of Air Transport Management and is on the editorial boards of nine other journals. He is on the scientific committee of the World Conference on Transport Research and the Advisory Board of the Air Transport Research Group.

Areas of Research

  • Economics of Privatization and Regulation
  • Environmental Economics
  • Regional Economics
  • Transport Planning
  • Transportation Economics
  • Urban Economics