Published in 1996, Roads in a Market Economy shows how roads could be operated on the basis of commercial principles, employing the tried and tested concepts of ownership, market pricing and profitability, as applied in telecommunications and public utilities. It describes how such a commercial approach could help to resolve the problems of excessive congestion and pollution, while raising the funds needed to provide the road capacity for which the customers --- road users and land owners --- would be prepared to pay.

David Newbery, Director of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge commented that:

Gabriel Roth's book mounts a sustained and telling attack on what is wrong with current road policy, and convincingly argues that commercial principles rather than Bureaucratic discretion would deliver better, safer and cleaner road transport. His wide range of historical and contemporary examples and evidence provide the ammunition to demolish the claim that governments know best how to serve our transport needs, and enliven the witty, non-technical but convincing argument.

The author, a transport economist and civil engineer, is a transportation and privatization consultant based in Washington DC, following nineteen years of service in the World Bank. His writings include over thirty published papers, and the 1987 World Bank book The Private Provision of Public Services in Developing Countries.

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