JiYoung Park

Associate Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning



JiYoung Park

228 Hayes Hall

(716) 829-5331




Dr. Park’s research interests are urban economics and transportation modeling as applied to natural and man-made environmental and security problems.

He developed National Interstate Economic Model (NIEMO), a spatially disaggregated operational MRIO (Multiregional Input-Output) model of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The NIEMO is used to analyze economic impacts resulting from natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and hypothetical terrorist attacks. Further, it is expanding to (1) transportation and multi-modal systems, (2) international countries, (3) temporal extension, (4) demand price elasticity model, (5) HAZUS software, (6) game theory and (7) environmental model estimating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission effects. His vision is to observe dynamic changes in urban/regional/international systemactic structures. The models Dr.Park has developed provide simulated results stemming from the changes and the predicted futures for planners in urban, regional, national and international levels.


B.A.. (economics), Seoul National University
M.A. (economics), Seoul National University
Ph.D. (urban planning), University of Southern California


Dr. Park currently teaches three graduate courses: Research Methods, Economic Concepts, and Quantitative Methods. He was appointed as part of UB2020's Extreme Events Strategic Strength.

Public Service

Dr. Park's public service and research are relating to his research interests, the economic impact modeling to analyze the effects resulting from natural and man-made disasters. He is an active member of the international and local Regional Science associations, e.g. North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and Western Regional Science Association (WRSA), and of the international Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). He is currently President of Upstate New York (UNY) Chapter of Society for Risk Analysis after serving President-elect during 2009, where he contributes how UNY chapter can contribute to the region by combining academic and professional groups in the Society. Dr.Park also serves as Extreme Events Faculty Advisory Committee for the national Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) at University at Buffalo. He is a national member of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and proposing how the risk modeling can be applied to Planning field.

Selected Publications

  • 2014, (with Richardson HW, JE Moore II, and Q Pan) National Economic Impact Analysis of Terrorist and Natural Disasters, Edward Elgar
  • 2015, (Richardson HW, Q Pan, and JE Moore II) The Southern California Economic Impact Analysis of Diverse Events, Springer (In press)
  • 2014, (with HW Richardson) “Refining the Isard Multiregional Input-Output Model Theory,” in Peter Nijkamp, Adam Rose, and Karima Kourtit eds. Regional Science Matters – Studies in Honour of Walter Isard, Springer-Verlag.
  • 2014, (with Baek, S., R. Samina, L. Epstein, L. Yin and J. Roemmich) “Park Design and Children’s Active Play A Micro-Scale Spatial Analysis of Intensity of Play in Olmsted’s Delaware Park” Environment and Planning B (in press)
  • 2014, (with C. Kwon, and M. Son) “Economic Implications of the Canada-US Border Bridges: Applying a Transportation-Combined Binational Input-Output Model for Canada and the U.S.” Research in Transportation Business and Management.11: 123-133.
  • 2014, (with Choi, S. and C. Park), “A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Population and Employment Growth: Vector Autoregression Application for Southern California,” 52 (1): 19-40 The Annals of Regional Science
  • 2013, (with J E Moore II, and H W Richardson) “The Gulf Oil Spill and Economic Impacts:  Extending the National Interstate Economic Model (NIEMO) to Account for Induced Impacts,” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 10 (1): 231–244.
  • 2013 (with Peter Gordon, C.K. Park and Fred Aminzadeh) “Macroeconomic Impacts of Unconventional Oil Drilling in California,” Powering California’s Economy: Hydraulic Fracturing & California’s Energy Future, Final Report to Price School of Public Policy, Viterbi School of Engineering, and Global Energy Network of the University of Southern California associated with The Communications Institute.

Funded Research

  1. (with Drs. C Bae (University of Washington at Seattle), J. Moore (University of Southern California), and N. Trumbull (University of Connecticut, Avery Point); 25%), $250,000, The environmental and economic impacts of moorage marinas on the West Coast (Feb, 2014 – Jan, 2016).
    The West Coast Sea Grant Social Science
  2. (with Drs. K. Friedman and C. Kwon at UB and Dr. J. Dong at SUNY-Oswego; 50%), $75,000, The Ties that Bind: Developing a Bi-national Transportation-Combined Economic Simulation Model to Assess Security and Policy Implications of US-Canada Border Bridges (Feb, 2014 – Aug, 2015)
    U.S. Department of Transportation through University Transportation Research Center, Region II, Research and Advanced Technology Initiative
  3. (100%), $15,000, Panama Canal Expansion and the Economic Impacts on New York and New Jersey States (Feb, 2014 – Jan, 2015)
    U.S. Department of Transportation through University Transportation Research Center, Region II, Research and Advanced Technology Initiative
  4. (with B. Kim, E. Kim, and M. Son; 33%), $145,000, The Korean Quarantine System on Diseases and Pests: Developing a Policy and Budget Simulation Analysis Tool (Jul, 2013 – Nov, 2013)
    The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, South Korea
  5. (with Profs. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Victor Konrad (Carleton) who are leading with 9 co-applicants in Canada (Dalby, Hale, Leuprecht, Nicol, Morin, Roussel, Salter, Vallet, Widdis), and 11 partners around the world (Alper, Amilhat Szary, Friedman, Iwashita, Klatt, Koff, Newman, Payan, Scott, van der Velde), all in all, 54 partner organizations in 11 countries around the world, $965,886, 1%) Partnership Grant Borders in Globalization
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada
  6. (100%), $12,000, National Aviation Security against Cyber-terrorism: An Integrated Framework to Quantify the Economic Impacts of Cyber-terrorist Behavior (Oct, 2012 – Dec, 2013)
    U.S. Department of Transportation through University Transportation Research Center, Region II, Research and Advanced Technology Initiative