Michael Manville

Michael Manville has two primary areas of interest: the relationship between transportation and land use, and local public finance. He studies the willingness of people and communities to finance different government services, and also studies the tendency of local governments to hide the costs of transportation in the property market. He is particularly interested in how land use restrictions intended to fight traffic congestion can influence the supply and price of housing. His research has been published in a variety of transportation and planning journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, and Transport Policy. In addition, Manville has advised local, state, and federal officials about transportation policy, and has consulted with both developers and environmental organizations about land use regulation. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California-Los Angeles.

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 5120 Public and Spatial Economics for PlannersCovers basic microeconomic theory in a manner that lets students understand the many applications of economics presented in subsequent courses in city and regional planning. Topics covered include the logic of markets and gains from trade; public goods and commons problems; externalities; and the economic approach to equity. 
  • CRP 6050 Urban Public FinanceOverview of neoclassical public-economics theory, particularly those aspects of the theory that are central to urban public finance. The unusual three-tiered fiscal system of the United States is described along with the evolving fiscal and economic role of large municipal governments. The course examines the difficulty of arriving at collective spending decisions, as well as standard theories taxation, with a particular emphasis on those taxes used by local governments.
  • CRP 5852 Traffic Congestion: Policies and PoliticsThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of urban history, society, and politics. Topics vary each semester.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • SFPark: An Evaluation. University of California Multi-Campus Research Initiative (2011)
  • Fighting Traffic at the Ballot Box, John and Randolph Haynes Foundation (2009)
  • The Price Doesn't Matter if You Don't Have to Pay, University of California Multi-Campus Research Initiative (2010)

Publications (Selected)

  • "The Price Doesn't Matter if You Don't Have to Pay: Legal Exemptions and Market-Priced Parking," Journal of Planning Education and Research, with J. Williams (2012)
  • "People, Race and Place: American Support for Person-and Place-Based Urban Policy, 1973–78," Urban Studies, (2012)