GABRIEL ROTH M.A., B.Sc.(Eng.), M.I.C.E., M.C.I.T.


4815 Falstone Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 20815

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To explore the relative roles and potentials of the public and private sectors in the provision of infrastructure, especially roads.

Updated January 1, 2007


B.Sc.(Hons.)(Engineering), Imperial College, London, 1948.

M.A.(Hons.)(Economics), University of Cambridge, 1954.

Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport.


Engineer in the Dock and Harbour office of Sir William Halcrow & Partners, Consulting Civil Engineers, London. (1952 to 1956).

Rees Jeffreys Fellow at the UK Road Research Laboratory, investigating the Economic Benefits from Road Improvement. (1956 to 1959).

Research Officer at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge, investigating the Economics of Car Parking. Served on a Ministry of Transport Committee investigating the economic and technical possibilities of pricing the use of congested urban roads. (1959 to 1963).

Transport Economics Consultant, advising bus companies, urban planners, the British Road Federation, and (as a member of the team reviewing the transport sector in the Eastern Region of India) the World Bank. (1963 to 1967).


Transport Economist in World Bank specializing in pricing, regulation, forecasting and urban issues; working on (inter alia):

Transport sector reviews in Bangladesh, Korea, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea; and Urban transport in Bangkok, Bogota, Caracas, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.

The urban transport work included design and supervision of a road pricing study for Caracas, comparisons of mass transport modes in Bangkok and Singapore, and the development of simplified procedures (pioneered by Yacov Zahavi) to forecast modal splits. (1967 to 1979).

Lecturer in the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank. organized and directed its first course on urban transport; Teaching and directing courses and seminars for officials from developing countries in Washington DC, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey. (1979 to 1983).

Economist in the Studies Division of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, engaged in writing a book on "Private Provision of Public Services in Developing Countries", the services covered being education, electricity supply, health, telecommunications, urban transport and water supply. (1984 to 1986).


The Services Group is a consulting firm specializing in market-oriented approaches to economic development. In addition to serving as President, had specific responsibility for work in the transportation sector, which included:

Assistance to US local authorities to enable independent transit operators to group together to provide high-quality, low-cost route service;

Advice to World Bank financed Study on Vehicle Fleet Modernization and Road Use Charges in India (including a review of experience with the operation of Heavy Vehicles in the USA);

Assistance to Government of Jordan to privatize and reorganize bus services in Amman; and

Participation in the development of non-stop toll collection on the Dulles Toll Road, in the Washington, DC area.


Consultant on transportation, and on private sector roles in development; assignments included:

- In 1989, review for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration of the possibilities private financing of public transport in US cities;

- In 1989, study, for The World Bank, on the status of privatization research;

- In 1989, review, for The International Center for Economic Growth, of the prospects for privatizing infrastructure services in Argentina;

- In 1990, review, for USAID, of the prospects for the privatization of infrastructure and utilities in Thailand;

- In 1990-91, participation in seminars in Poland, financed by the UNDP, on the private provision of bus public transport and other public services.

- In 1990-92, review and preparation of two "Occasional Papers", for the Inter-American Development Bank, of privatization of transport services in Latin America, with special reference to privatization activities in roads, railroads and ports in Mexico and Argentina;

- In 1992, review, for USAID, of the possibilities of privatizing the maintenance of road maintenance equipment in Indonesia.

- In 1993, review, for the International Institute, USDA Graduate School, of possibilities of upgrading economics courses at the Tashkent State University for Economics, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

- In 1994, participation in a B-O-T workshop in Hanoi, financed by UNIDO and UNDP, advising staff of the State Committee for Co-operation and Investment how to attract private capital for the improvement of public infrastructure.

- In 1994, review, for the Government of New Zealand, proposals to commercialize road systems in New Zealand.

- In 1994, review, for the Government of Sri Lanka, of the operations of private and 'Peoplised' buses in Sri Lanka.

- In 1994, review, for USAID, of the progress of infrastructure privatization in Sri Lanka.

- In 1995, Assist in a review, for the Inter-American Development Bank, of infrastructure in ten Caribbean countries, and the possibilities of improvement, using private sector forces.

- In 1996, Advise on the preparation, by Louis Berger International, of the economic evaluation for the proposed 35-mile bridge to connect Uruguay to Argentina.

- In 1998, Leader of ARD team to assist USAID to prepare a technical assistance program for India to remove constraints on private sector investment in energy, ports and roads.

- In 1999, Leader of a USAID-financed AGILE team in Manila designing a simplified and integrated system of road user charges for the Philippines.


Founder and first chairman, Workgroup on Private Sector Roles in Development,
                Society for International Development, Washington DC Chapter.

Board Member, Local Government Center of the Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, California.

Research Fellow, the Independent Institute, Oakland, California.

Honorary Corresponding Member, Academia de Ciencias, Invencion, Ingenieria e Investigacion, Mexico.


Skip down to Gabriel Roth's latest books.


"Paying for Parking". Hobart Paper No. 33, Institute of Economic Affairs, London, 1965.

A SELF-FINANCING ROAD SYSTEM, Research Monograph No. 3, Institute of Economic Affairs, London, 1966.


"The Pricing of Road Transport Services in Developing Countries". Highway Research Record No. 296, Highway Research Board, Washington DC, 1969.

"Traffic Congestion as a Source of Revenue". Traffic Quarterly, Eno Transportation Foundation, Lansdowne, VA, April 1970.

"The Regulation of Buses in Cities". Highway Research Record No. 476, Highway Research Board, Washington DC, 1973.

"World Bank Lending for Urban Transport: Illustrated by an Urban Transport Project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia". Traffic Engineering & Control, London, January, 1977.

"Economics of a Unified Transportation Trust Fund". Transportation Research Record No. 731, Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, 1979.

(With Y. Zahavi) "Measuring the Effectiveness of Priority Schemes for High-Occupancy Vehicles". Transportation Research Record No. 770, Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, 1980.

(With Y. Zahavi) "Travel Time 'Budgets' in Developing Countries". Transportation Research, January 1981.

(With George Wynne) FREE ENTERPRISE URBAN TRANSPORTATION. Volume 5 in the series Learning from Abroad, Council for International Urban Liaison, Washington DC, 1981

"Road Pricing and Financing". Chapter contributed to ROADS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, Adam Smith Institute, London, 1981.

(With Eamonn Butler) "Private Road Ahead - Ways of Providing Better Roads Sooner". Adam Smith Institute, London, 1981.

(With John Semmens) "The Road to Privatization of Highway Facilities". Proceedings - Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting, Transportation Research Forum, Volume XXIV, No. 1, Richard B. Cross Company, Oxford, Indiana, 1983.

"Improving the Mobility of the Urban Poor". Chapter contributed to BASIC NEEDS AND THE URBAN POOR, International Labour Office, Geneva, 1984 .

"The Overseas Experience". Chapter contributed to THE PRIVATE CHALLENGE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, Pacific Institute for Public Policy Research, San Francisco, 1985.

"The Role of the Private Sector in Providing Water in Developing Countries". Natural Resources Forum, Vol. 9, No. 3, August, United Nations, New York, 1985.

"Private Sector Alternatives in Urban Transportation". Report No. 125, National Center for Policy Analysis, Dallas, Texas, January 1987.

THE PRIVATE PROVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. Oxford University Press (New York) for the World Bank, Washington DC, March 1987.

"Airport Privatization". Contribution to PROSPECTS FOR PRIVATIZATION, edited by Steve Hanke for the Academy of Political Science, New York, October 1987.

"Private Provision of Government Services", paper delivered at the Cato Institute and Fudan University conference "Economic Reform in China: Problems and Prospects", Shanghai, September 1988. Proceedings published by the University of Chicago Press, 1990.

"Private Sector Roles in Urban Public Transport". Contribution to PRIVATE INNOVATION IN PUBLIC TRANSIT, edited by John C. Weicher, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, 1988.

"Privatization of Public Services in Latin America". Paper presented to the International Privatization Forum in Bogota, April 1989.

"The Private Provision of Public Roads". Selected Proceedings of the Fifth World Conference on Transport Research (Yokohama, July 1989), Western Periodicals Company, Ventura, California, 1989.

"The Private Provision of Public Services". Paper for the 1990 International Privatization Congress, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 1990.

"Perestroika for U.S. Highways: Managing Roads for a Free Society". Reason Foundation Policy Insight No. 125, Los Angeles, California, November 1990.

"Pricing, Financing and Ownership of Roads in a Free Society". Paper for the 2nd International Conference on Privatization and Deregulation in Passenger Transportation, Tampere, June 1991.

(With John Hibbs) "Tomorrow's Way: Managing Roads in a Free Society". Adam Smith Institute, London, 1992.

"Port Regulations: Are they really necessary?" Paper presented at Seminar on Deregulation Policies, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Mexico City, March 1992.

(With John Diandas) "Alternative approaches to improving route bus services in Sri Lanka". Paper for the 4th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport, Rotorua, July 1995.

"Should the Federal Highway Trust Fund be Reauthorized?", Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp 5-14, Eno Transportation Foundation, Lansdowne, VA, Fall, 1995.

ROADS IN A MARKET ECONOMY, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Aldershot, England, and Brookfield, Vermont, January, 1996.

"Commercialising Britain's Roads", Economic Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 5, Institute of Economic Affairs, London, Winter, 1996.

"Road Financing in the U.S.", Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 4, Anniversary Issue, pp 107-114, Eno Transportation Foundation, Lansdowne, VA, Fall, 1996.

"How to Solve Our Highway Problems - Commercialize Them", Consumers' Research, Vol. 80, No. 6, Washington DC, June, 1997.

"Road Pricing in a Free Society", Economic Affairs, Vol. 18, No. 5, Institute of Economic Affairs, London, Winter, 1998.

"Is it time to take the politics out of transport? Commercialising roads", Traffic Engineering and Control, Vol. 41 No. 7, London, July/August 2000.

(With Olegario Villoria) "Finances of a commercialized urban road network subject to congestion pricing". Transportation Research Record No. 1747, Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, 2001. (Click to download 62K)

"A Road Policy for the Future", Regulation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 1, pages 54-59, Cato Institute, Washington DC, Spring 2003.

"Congestion Charging in London", Public Works Financing, Vol. 178, pages 1-2, Westfield, New Jersey, December 2003.

"Express Toll Lanes - Big in the US, so why weren't they considered in Cambridgeshire?", Local Transport Today, Issue 400, London, 9 September 2004.

"Liberating the Roads: Reforming U.S. Highway Policy" , Policy Analysis No. 538, Cato Institute, Washington DC, March 2005.

(With William Vincent) "Comparison of Bus and Rail Transit Modes for the Dulles Corridor". Paper No. 06-2396, presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2006, Washington DC. Published as "Rail at Any Cost: Options that Could Provide Better Service than Dulles Rail At a Third of the Cost" by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, Springfield, Virginia, December 2005.

Edited, for the Independent Institute, Oakland, California, "STREET SMART: COMPETITION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND THE FUTURE OF ROADS". Transaction Publishers, New Jersey, 2006. Won for its publisher the 2008 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial award.

(With Bern Grush) "Paying for Roads in the 21st Century with TPD Pricing". Paper No. 09-0222, finalized November 2008 for presentation at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 2009, Washington DC.

Gabriel Roth's latest books:

Roads in a Market Economy (1996)


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STREET SMART: Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Roads (2006)


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