Research Fellow

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Randal O’Toole

Randal O'Toole is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Director of the American Dream Coalition, and Senior Economist at the Thoreau Institute. He has been Visiting Scholar at the College of Natural Resources at the University of California at Berkeley, McCluskey Conservation Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Merrill Visiting Professor of Political Science at Utah State University.

He is the author of the books The Best-Laid Plans, The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths and Reforming the Forest Service, plus articles in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Journal of Forestry, Willamette Week, Passenger Train Journal, Independent Review, Forbes, Regulation, and Reason, as well as such newspapers as the Oregonian, Seattle Times, Rocky Mountain News, Houston Chronicle, Hartford Courant, San Diego Union-Tribune, Boston Herald, Orange County Register, and Las Vegas Sun.

His analyses of well over one hundred land-use and transportation plans, including plans for national forests, national parks, metropolitan regions, and transit systems, have made him one of the nation's experts on public land management, urban and regional growth, and transportation.

Housing America 2009
Re-Thinking Green 2005
Smarter Urban Growth: Markets or Bureaucracy? October 3, 2001

Smarter Urban Growth October 3, 2001
Independent Review Articles
Is Urban Planning “Creeping Socialism”? Spring 2000
The High Price of Land-Use Planning May 22, 2006
Policy Reports
The Planning Penalty May 12, 2006