Transportation
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The Brattle Group advises transport companies and operators, international governments, and regulatory agencies on restructuring, regulatory reform, public policy, and strategy.

We provide economic analysis and expert testimony in major litigation matters in the aerospace, aviation, auto, railroad, postal, and shipping industries.

Our staff includes professionals with backgrounds in economics, applied econometrics, financial analysis, public policy assessment, and market research. They have published widely on subjects ranging from demand forecasting techniques to finance and marketing, and has presented papers at international transportation conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.

Our Focus

Modeling and Forecasting
The Brattle Group has experience in transport demand modeling and forecasting and have advised in all aspects related to theory, data analysis, estimation, and application. Our economic experts understand the dynamic fundamentals that drive travel patterns for nearly every transport mode over various geographic scales.

Pricing
Effective pricing strategy is critical to the bottom line, especially in the transportation industry, where prices can vary by distance traveled, corridor time of day, day of the week, commodity, level of service, speed, reliability, and a host of other factors. We provide an array of sophisticated tools for analyzing the complex transportation marketplace and for crafting pricing strategies that support short- and long-term business objectives. We offer clients in-depth economic consulting skills and extensive hands-on experience in cost analysis, demand modeling, price elasticity measurement, market assessment, competitive analysis, and incentive price schedule design.

Privatization
Through experience in dealing with problems of public policy, regulation and deregulation, market design, and market failure, we understand the strengths and weaknesses of public and private service provisions. Our economic consultants assist government and quasi-government entities through the transition to private ownership and operation. We design intermediate organizational forms combining public ownership and/or oversight with the efficiency and customer responsiveness of the private sector. We also devise regulatory structures that provide oversight of newly privatized entities operating in new markets.

Project Finance and Development
We assist in the development, review, and assessment of revenue forecasts and the evaluation of competitive and regulatory risks. Members of The Brattle Group help clients design regulatory, governance, and oversight structures and determine the appropriate apportionment of project risk. We also develop effective financing strategies.

Public Policy
The Brattle Group specializes in economic analysis of controversial and complex public policy issues. We develop white papers, reports, and expert testimony that inform and influence the policy debate by making the underlying economic issues clear and compelling to non-economists. These studies typically combine the use of sophisticated quantitative methods with qualitative analysis of institutions and the policy environment. We disseminate the results of our policy analysis through publications and appearances in public policy forums.

Regulation
The Brattle Group's internationally recognized economic experts advise governments and regulators on the structure and economics of reforms in transportation industries including airports, national airlines, railroads, and pipelines. We provide market development forecasts, planning tools, and policy frameworks to assist in the complex task of restructuring these markets. In addition, we offer expert economic and regulatory consulting to companies operating under existing regulatory regimes.

Principals
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Dr. Lo Passo specializes in the application of regulatory economic principles to energy, transportation, telecommunications, and other industries in Italy and throughout the world. More-icon
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Professor McFadden is a winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics, the E. Morris Cox Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, and the founding director of its Econometrics Laboratory. More-icon
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Dr. Neels has more than 30 years of research and consulting experience in all aspects of the transportation sector. More-icon
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Dr. Reitzes, a former Federal Trade Commission economist, specializes in antitrust and regulatory economics. More-icon
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Dr. Reynolds is widely known for his empirical and theoretical analyses of antitrust, regulatory, and financial issues. More-icon
Principal Emeritus
Principal Emeritus
Dr. Tye is an expert in economic analysis and public policy and specializes in regulatory and antitrust issues. More-icon
Academic Advisors
Academic Advisor
Dr. Kahn is a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy. His research focuses on environmental, urban, and energy economics. More-icon
Academic Advisor
Dr. Sue Wing is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Boston University. More-icon
Report
A Review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Draft Regulatory Impact Analysis
November 14, 2014
Prepared for The Railway Supply Institute, Committee on Tank Cars
Article
The Economic Cost of Airline Flight Delay
January 2013
Nathan Barczi, Everett B. Peterson, Kevin Neels, and Thea Graham
Published in Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Volume 47, No. 1
Report
Competitive Effects of Exchanges or Sales of Airport Landing Slots
December 2011
James D. Reitzes, Brendan McVeigh, Nicholas E. Powers, and Samuel Moy
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Report
Effects of Discriminatory Excise Taxes on Car Rentals: Unintentional Impacts on Minorities, Low Income Households, and Auto Purchases
June 10, 2010
Prepared for Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Presentation
Future of Open Skies: Will We Implement Phase II, and What Will It Look Like?
March 11, 2008
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Presentation
Structural Causes of Airline Cyclicality: Are We Sowing the Seeds for the Next Downturn?
January 14, 2008
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Article
Beyond Open Skies: The Economic Impact of a US-EU Open Aviation Area
2005
Boaz Moselle, James D. Reitzes, and Dorothy Robyn
In Deep Integration: How Transatlantic Markets are Leading Globalization, edited by Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan, and published by Center for Transatlantic Relations and Center for European Policy Studies
Report
How Can South Africa Derive the Greatest Benefit from its Airline Industry? An Economic and Regulatory Analysis, Prepared for the Government of South Africa
2004
James D. Reitzes, Dorothy Robyn, and Scott C. Gibson
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc. and Seabury Group, not publicly available at this time
Report
Study to Assess the Potential Impact of Proposed Amendments to Council Regulation 2299/89 with Regard to Computerised Reservation Systems
October 2003
Carlos Lapuerta, Boaz Moselle, James D. Reitzes, Dorothy Robyn, Erica Carere, Mark Armstrong, John Cook, and Stephen Dolan
Published by The Brattle Group Ltd and Norton Rose
Report
The Economic Impact of an EU-US Open Aviation Area, Prepared for the European Commission
December 2002
Boaz Moselle, James D. Reitzes, Dorothy Robyn, and John Horn
Prepared for the European Commission