CRE Research Seminar - MIT Center for Real Estate

CRE Research Seminar

CRE launched the “CRE Research Seminar” in Fall 2020. The intent is to feature distinguished scholars in the real estate finance field and provide a rigorous discussion platform for basic research. Each seminar will feature only one presenter’s current work for one hour, including Q&As. 

The seminars are held every other Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm (ET) in-person or via Zoom as indicated. If you’d like to receive announcements via the seminar mailing list, please sign up.

Spring 2024

  • Wednesday, February 21: Fernando Ferreira, C.F. Koo Professor, Professor of Real Estate, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School. (In-Person and Zoom)
  • March 6:  David Glancy, Principal Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Christina Wang, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, “Lease Expirations and CRE Property Performance”. (In-Person and Zoom)
  • April 3:  Abby Ostriker, Environmental Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, “The Effects of Floodplain Regulations on Housing Markets”. (In-person and Zoom)
  • April 17: David Cuberes, Professor of Economics, Clark University, “The Impact of Horse Adoption on Native American Nation”. (In-Person and Zoom)
  • May 1: Brian Higgins, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University’s Inequality in America Initiative. (In-Person and Zoom)
  • May 15: Max von Ehrlich, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Bern. (In-Person and Zoom)

Past Events

  • Monday, September 25: Richard Kent Green, Professor Director and Chair, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Chair, Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development, University of Southern California (USC), “Distant Shocks, Migration, and Housing Supply in India”.
  • September 26: Qinghua Zhang, Professor, Department of Applied Economics in Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, “Build up a Metropolis: Land Use Regulations, Spatial Mismatch and Welfare”.
  • October 10: Joan Monràs, Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, “The Effect of Second-Generation Rent Controls: Evidence from Catalonia”.
  • October 24: Deborah Lucas, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management and Edward Golding, Executive Director, MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy & Senior Lecturer, “Credit Risk Transfer and the Pricing of Mortgage Default Risk”.
  • November 7: Sun Kyoung Lee, Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan.
  • November 21: Wen-Chi Liao, Visiting Associate Professor, MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE) & Associate Professor of Real Estate at NUS Business School, National University of Singapore.
  • December 5: Ferdinando Monte, Associate Professor of Economics, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business. He will be discussing paper, “Remote Work and City Structure”.

  • February 7: Dr. Sisi ZhangVisiting Faculty, MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE) and Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Institute for Economic and Social Research, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
    “Tax Me if You Can: Tax Evasion on Chinese Housing Market”
  • February 21: Dr. Jaehee Song, Assistant Professor of Finance & Real Estate (Leeds School of Business), University of Colorado-Boulder
    “The Effects of Residential Zoning in U.S. Housing Markets”
  • March 7: Dr. Edward Glaeser, Department Chair, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
    “Infrastructure Inequality”
  • March 21: Dr. Sara Bagagli, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, Harvard University
    “The (Express) Way to Segregation: Evidence from Chicago” 
  • April 4: Dr. Adam Storeygard, Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University
    “The Fast, the Slow, and the Congested: Urban Transportation in Rich and Poor Countries”
  • April 18: Dr. Jeffrey Zabel, Professor of Economics, Director of Data Analytics, Tufts University
    “The Geography of Worker Adaptation to Unanticipated Job Losses”
  • May 16: Dr. Nico Pestel, Associate Professor, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University
    “Air Pollution and the Housing Market: Evidence from Germany’s Low Emission Zones”

  • September 13: Dr. Xiaolun YuHenley Business School, University of Reading
    “Low-rise Buildings in Big Cities: Theory and Evidence from China”
  • September 27: Dr. Vaidehi TandelUniversity of Manchester, UK
    “Do mandatory disclosures squeeze the lemons?”
  • October 11: Dr. Gilles DurantonWharton Real Estate Department, University of Pennsylvania
    “Measuring land use changes by (machine) learning from historical maps” (and) “The emergence, growth, and stagnation of cities: France c. 1760-2020”
  • October 18: Dr. Dragana CvijanovicCornell University
    “Opioid Crisis and Real Estate Prices”
  • October 25: Dr. Daniel McMillenUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
    “Assessment Persistence”
  • November 8: Dr. Tobias Seidel, Mercator School of Management, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    “Optimal Minimum Wages in Spatial Economies” 
  • November 22: Dr. Vinicios Sant’Anna, MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE)
    “Send Them Back?  The Real Estate Consequences of Repatriations”
  • December 6: Dr. Rachel MeltzerHarvard University Graduate School of Design
    “Are Local Retail Services an Amenity or a Nuisance?”

March 1: Matthew Kahn, University of Southern California
“The Challenges and the Opportunities for the Real Estate Sector Caused by Rising Climate Change Risk”

March 15: Patrick Baylis, Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
“Mandated Vs. Voluntary Adaption to Natural Disasters: The Case of U.S. Wildfires”

March 29: Jan Brueckner, University of California, Irvine
“A New Spatial Hedonic Equilibrium in the Emerging Work-from-Home Economy?”

April 12: Ishita Sen, Harvard Business School
“Pricing of Climate Risk Insurance: Regulatory Frictions and Cross-Subsidies”

April 26: Rebecca Diamond, Stanford Graduate School of Business
“Where is Standard of Living the Highest? Local Prices and the Geography of Consumption”

May 10: Tingyu Zhou, Florida State University
“Loss Aversion and Focal Point Bias: Empirical Evidence”

May 24: Eva Steiner, Penn State Smeal College of Business
“Did PPP Loans Distort Business Competition? Evidence from the Hotel Industry”

September 9: Brent Ambros, Pennsylvania State University
“Information in Financial Contracts: Evidence from CMBS Pooling and Servicing Agreements”

September 23: Juan Palacios, MIT CRE
“Fear and Behavior: Measuring Expressed Fear and Its Implications for Urban Mobility in Times of COVID-19”

October 21: Jessie Handbury, Wharton Real Estate Department
“School Food Policy Affects Everyone: Retail Responses to the National School Lunch Program”

November 4: Alex van de Minne, Connecticut University
“Does Climate Change Affect Investment Performance? Evidence From Commercial Real Estate”

November 18: Dragana Cvijanovic, Cornell University
“Opioid Crisis and Real Estate Prices”

December 2: Lu Han, University of Toronto
“To Own or to Rent? The Effects of Transaction Taxes on Housing Markets”

February 23: Matthijs Korevaar, Erasmus University
“Baby Booms and Asset Booms: Demographic Change and the Housing Market”

March 9: Bill Wheaton, MIT CRE
“The (R)evolution in retailing: Impacts on Real Estate”

March 23: Olivier Schöni, Laval University
“The Geography of Housing Subsidies”

April 6: Daniel Greenwald, MIT Sloan
“Do Credit Conditions Move House Prices?”

April 20: Christian Hilber, London School of Economics
“Why Have House Prices Risen So Much More Than Rents in Superstar Cities?”

May 4: Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan
“Perception of House Price Risk and Homeownership”

May 18: Andra Ghent, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
“The Work-from-Home Technology Boon and its Consequences”

June 1: Andrea Chegut, MIT REI Lab
“The Value of Street Level Greenness: The Financial Impact of Street Level Greenness on New York Commercial Real Estate”

November 10th: Chris Palmer, MIT Sloan
“Are Stated Expectations Actual Beliefs? New Evidence for the Beliefs Channel of Investment Demand”

November 24th: Alex van de Minne, University of Connecticut 
“The Billion-Dollar Club”

December 1st: Walter Torous, MIT CRE
“Pricing Infrequently Traded Assets”

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