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Donald C. Shoup is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and widely-regarded expert in the economics and availability of parking. His 2005 book The High Cost of Free Parking (ISBN 978-1-884829-98-7) identifies the negative repercussions of off-street parking requirements.[1]


Shoup received his undergraduate degree from Yale College in electrical engineering and his doctorate from Yale University in economics.[2] After graduation he headed west, assuming a post as research economist at UCLA's Institute for Government and Public Affairs.[3] After a four-year stint as a professor at the University of Michigan, Shoup returned to UCLA as an Associate Professor of Urban Planning in 1974, and later was awarded a full professorship in 1980.[3]

He has extensively studied parking as a key link between transportation and land use, with important consequences for cities, the economy, and the environment. His research on employer-paid parking led to the passage of California’s parking cash-out law, and to changes in the Internal Revenue Code to encourage parking cash out. His research on municipal parking policies has led cities to charge fair market prices for curb parking and to dedicate the resulting meter revenue to finance added public services in the metered districts.

Professor Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and has served as Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. He has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii, Cambridge University and the World Bank [3]


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