Over his long career Hubert Horan has worked on many of the most critical issues in the field of transportation economics, including the impact of regulation and mergers on industry efficiency and consumer welfare. His early career focused on railroads and urban transport, and then shifted to aviation in the early 1980s. He recently emerged as one of the leading experts on the economics of Uber.
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Horan was directly involved with all of the major changes aviation has seen including US deregulation, European liberalization, domestic and cross-border mergers, low-cost carrier development and bankruptcy restructuring. In addition to extensive consulting work he held airline management positions with Northwest, America West, Swissair and Sabena. He is a leading expert on international airline alliances, having developed the original Northwest-KLM alliance that served as the template for all subsequent global joint ventures.
He has testified on merger and competitive issues before the United States Congress and the Department of Transportation. His 2010 Transportation Law Journal article “Double Marginalization and the Counter-Revolution Against Liberal Airline Competition” documents how the DOT abandoned its longstanding market-friendly, pro-consumer policies in order to drive a radical consolidation of international aviation into a permanent cartel.
This background allowed Horan to become the leading independent expert on Uber and the urban car service industry. His 2019 American Affairs Journal article “Uber’s Path of Destruction” provides a comprehensive overview of why Uber cannot earn sustainable profits under competitive market conditions. His 2017 Transportation Law Journal article “Will the Growth of Uber Increase Economic Welfare?” provides greater detail on Uber’s lack of competitive economics, and how Uber manufactured narratives about its powerful technological innovations, its inevitable worldwide dominance of the taxi industry and why it warranted the third highest corporate value of any transportation company in world history.
Mr. Horan graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. degree and Honors in Economics, and from Yale University’s School of Management with an MPPM (MBA) degree. He is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.
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