Jan Brueckner is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. He received an A.B. from UC Berkeley in 1972 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976, and was a long-time faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before coming to UCI in 2005. He has served as visiting professor at UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego, and has been a visiting scholar at many foreign universities.
Professor Brueckner has published over 100 scholarly articles in academic journals dealing with a variety of topics in applied microeconomics. His early work on the airline industry provided some of the first economic analysis of hub-and-spoke networks, demonstrating the efficiency gains from operation of such networks. More recently, he has written on the economics of airline alliances, showing both theoretically and empirically that alliances lead to lower fares for interline passengers. Other recent work deals with the economics of airport congestion. He recently stepped down after a 16-year term as editor of the Journal of Urban Economics, the leading scholarly journal in the field, and he serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.
Brueckner has served as a consultant to American Airlines, United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and the Star Alliance. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank, and has served as an expert witness in cases involving land-use controls and property valuation.