Alex Anas


Alex Anas.

Alex Anas


Alex Anas


Department Chair
Frank H. and Josephine L. Goodyear Professor

Research Interests

Applied microeconomics; Urban economics; Housing policy in free and regulated economies; Computable dynamic urban general equilibrium models; Applied econometrics; Theory of discrete choice models; Economic growth and cities; New international trade theory

Contact Information

415B Fronczak Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-1520

Phone: (716) 645-8663


Professor Alex Anas, PhD, is Frank H. and Josephine L. Goodyear Professor of Economics. His research interests over the years have spanned theoretical, empirical and applied urban economics. A continuing programmatic focus of Prof. Anas' research career has been the development of computable models based on microeconomic theory, that can be used to empirically analyze the impacts of changes and policies on urban structure. Prof. Anas is the developer of RELU-TRAN (Regional Economy, Land Use and Transportation), a computable general equilibrium model that treats the interconnections of spatially disaggregated labor markets, the markets for housing and non-housing floor space, industry location, real estate development, work and non-work related personal transportation and energy utilization and emissions in personal transportation. The development of RELU-TRAN was supported by major research awards from the National Science Foundation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. These awards helped apply the model to the analysis of congestion, road pricing and urban sprawl in Chicago. A 2010 research award from the University of California supported a more extensive application to Los Angeles. The model has also been applied to Paris, France with the support of the Societe du Grand Paris. In 2006, Prof. Anas was inducted as a fellow of the Regional Science Association International and in 2016 he was presented with the Walter Isard Award in recognition of his scholarly achievements in the field of Regional Science.


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, MCP, University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, BA, Carnegie-Mellon University

Research Awards

  • National Science Foundation, Urban Research Initiative competition, 1998: “Infrastructure and Metropolitan Development.” ($ 450,000). January 1999 – October 2006. (Project director and principal investigator).
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Science to Achieve Results Program, “A Long Term Integrated Framework Linking Urban Development, Demographic Trends and Technology Changes to Stationary and Mobile Source Emissions.” ($ 675,000). December 2004 through October 2010. (Project director and principal investigator)
  • University of California Multi-campus Research Initiative Project competition  2009: “A Virtual Co-laboratory for Policy Analysis in the Greater L.A. Region” ( $ 2.3 million) January 2010 – present, (Author of proposal and scientific director of project as visiting research economist at the University of California at Riverside)
  • For a complete grant history, please see Professor Anas’s CV on his personal webpage.

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Other Contributions and Distinctions

  • 2016 recipient of the Walter Isard Award for distinguished scholarly achievement. Established in 1994, the award pays tribute to regional scientists who have made significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the field of Regional Science throughout their careers.
  • David E. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Taxation from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (January 2014 – December 2015)
  • Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Urban Economics, (inducted January 2009).
  • The subject field of urban and regional economics was ranked as the top subject field in economics at the University at Buffalo and 15th in the nation: “A Guide to Graduate Study in Economics: Ranking Economics Departments by Fields of Expertise”, Therese C. Grijalva and Clifford Nowell, Southern Economic Journal 2008, 74(4)971–996.
  • Fellow of the Regional Science Association International. A “high honor by the Association in recognition of distinguished scholarship in, and contribution to Regional Science” (inducted August 2006).
  • David E. Lincoln Fellowship, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2001.
  • Lusk Center Summer Research Fellowship, University of Southern California, 1995.
  • Frank H. and Josephine L. Goodyear Professorship, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991-1999
  • United Parcel Service visiting professor on infrastructure planning and management, Stanford University, 1981-1982.