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Wendell Cox

Wendell Cox

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Wendell Cox is a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute; a consultant to public and private public policy, planning and transportation organizations; and a visiting professor at a French national university.

Wendell Cox is a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute; a consultant to public and private public policy, planning and transportation organizations; and a visiting professor at a French national university. He is principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy, an international public policy firm. He has provided consulting assistance to the United States Department of Transportation and was certified by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration as an expert for the duration of its Public-Private Transportation Network program (1986-1993). He has consulted for public transit authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and for scores of public policy organizations.

Mr. Cox was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, where he authored the tax amendment that provided the initial funding for building light rail and the subway. He was elected chairman of the American Public Transit Association Planning and Policy Committee (comprised of transit planning department officials) and the American Public Transit Association Governing Boards Committee (comprise of transit board members).

More recently, Mr. Cox served three years as the Director of Public Policy of the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he oversaw the development of state model legislation and policy reports. In 1999, he was appointed to the Amtrak Reform Council by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to fill the unexpired term of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

Mr. Cox is a prolific writer and popular public speaker. He is the author of scores of monographs and book chapters addressing urban sprawl and smart growth, transportation, mass transit, congestion, and demographic trends. He has addressed hundreds of audiences at major industry and academic conferences, international symposia, and government-sponsored seminars. He always receives high marks for his enthusiastic and challenging presentations.

Recent Articles and Publications

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May 31, 2016
By Wendell Cox
There is general agreement the financial crisis that began with the failure of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008 was made worse by the bursting of the U.S. housing price bubble.
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March 7, 2016
By Wendell Cox
The physical expansion of cities, known as “urban sprawl,” has been a principal concern of urban planners for decades, which has led to the adoption of “urban containment.
January 10, 2016
By Wendell Cox
There is an emerging consensus about the destructiveness of excessive land use regulation, both with respect to its impact on housing affordability but also its overall impacts on economies. This is most evident in a recent New Zealand commentary.
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December 31, 2015
By Wendell Cox
After three decades of breakneck urban growth, there are indications of a significant slowdown in the largest cities of China.
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December 3, 2015
By Wendell Cox
There is a growing body of research on the consequences of excessive land use regulation.
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September 30, 2014
By Wendell Cox
Cox examines the ability of the Bay area to meet its fiscal obligations for the Bay Area Transit plan and finds is lacking. The plan anticipates spending more than $10.
July 1, 2013
By Wendell Cox
This report reviews the dominant strains of urban land-use and transport policy (urban containment) in metropolitan areas and evaluates its longer-term impact on households and the economy.

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