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Gabriel Roth

Engineer and Transport Economist
Independent Institute

Areas of Expertise:



University of London, Imperial College B.Sc.(Hons.) (Engineering) 1948
University of Cambridge, M.A.(Hons.) (Economics), 1954

Applied Research:

As Rees Jeffreys Fellow at the Road Research Laboratory 1956-9, studied and reported on “The Economic Benefits to be obtained by road improvements, with special reference to vehicle operating costs” (Research Note RN/3426/GJR, March 1959)

Service in the World Bank (1967 to 1986):

In the World Bank Roth specialized in pricing, regulation, forecasting and urban issues. His work included transport sector reviews in Bangladesh, Korea, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea; and Urban transport in Bangkok, Bogotá, Caracas, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore. The urban transport work included design and supervision of a road pricing study for Caracas, and the development of simplified procedures (pioneered by Yacov Zahavi) to forecast modal splits.

From 1979 to 1983 he was a lecturer in the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, teaching and directing courses and seminars on development economics and project evaluation for officials from developing countries in Washington DC, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey. He organized and directed the Bank’s first course on urban transport.

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

President of The Services Group (1986 to 1989):

The Services Group is a consulting firm specializing in market-oriented approaches to economic development. In addition to serving as president, Roth had specific responsibility for work in the transportation sector, which included participation, with Castle Rock Consultants, in the development of non-stop toll collection on the Dulles Toll Road, in the Washington, DC area.

Consultancy Assignments (1989 to 2000):

On transportation, and on private sector roles in development.

Select Publications:

“Paying For Roads: The Economics of Traffic Congestion”. Penguin Books Ltd., Harmondsworth, 1967.

(With George Wynne) “Free Enterprise Urban Transportation”. Volume 5 in the series Learning from Abroad, Council for International Urban Liaison, Washington DC, 1981

“The Private Provision of Public Services in Developing Countries. Oxford University Press (New York) for the World Bank, Washington DC, March 1987.

“Roads in a Market Economy”, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Aldershot, England, 1996

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