Alfred E. Kahn Dies

Alfred E. Kahn, a Cornell University economist best known as the chief architect and promoter of deregulating the nation’s airlines, despite opposition from industry executives and unions alike, died Monday at his home in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 93.

The cause was cancer, Cornell said in a statement.

Mr. Kahn, a leading regulatory scholar who wielded his influence in both government and academia, helped spur a broad movement beginning in the mid-1970s toward freer markets in rail and automotive transportation, telecommunications, utilities and the securities markets.

Alfred E. Kahn, the economist- turned-regulator whose moves to end U.S. government controls on airlines in the late 1970s set the stage for today’s cheap fares and for much of the industry’s financial troubles, died yesterday. He was 93.

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he spent most of his career, said on its website that he died from cancer.

An economist who presided over the sweeping deregulation of the airline industry during the Carter administration has died.

According to a statement from Cornell University, Alfred E. Kahn died Monday of cancer at his home in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 93. A school spokeswoman confirmed his death.

Kahn was an emeritus professor of political economy at Cornell and a leading scholar on public-utility deregulation.