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Stuart Rosenthal

Stuart Rosenthal

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Stuart Rosenthal

Professor Emeritus, Economics Department

Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics

Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986


Stuart S. Rosenthal is the Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics at Syracuse University. He is also a senior research associate in the University’s Center for Policy Research. He holds a Ph.D. in economics (1986) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in economics (1980) from Bowdoin College.

Before joining Syracuse University in 1999, Rosenthal held positions in the Department of Economics at Virginia Tech University, the faculty of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of British Columbia, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System.

His research is in the area of urban economics, state and local public economics, real estate finance, and housing. This includes work on a wide range of housing, homeownership and mortgage issues; the determinants of urban renewal and decay; local tax policy; the role of agglomeration economies; and entrepreneurship. His work has appeared in leading journals including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, and Real Estate Economics.

Rosenthal serves on the editorial boards for a number of academic journals. He is a fellow of the Homer Hoyt School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Urban Economics and a fellow of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). In 2013, Rosenthal received the RSAI Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement. In 2013-2015, he served as 2nd vice president, 1st vice president and then president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA). He served on the Council of the Urban Economic Association (UEA), 2009-2015.

Since 2007, Rosenthal has been serving (with William Strange) as Managing Editor of the Journal of Urban Economics.

Areas of Expertise

Urban economics, state and local public economies, real estate finance and housing

Research Interests

Urban economics, housing and mortgage markets, real estate, agglomeration economies, neighborhood dynamics

Selected Publications

“The Vertical City: Rent Gradients, Spatial Structure, and Agglomeration Economies,” Liu, Crocker, Stuart S. Rosenthal and William C. Strange, Journal of Urban Economics, No. 106 (2018), pp 101-122.

“Homeownership, Housing Capital Gains and Self-Employment,” Harding, John P. and Stuart S. Rosenthal. Journal of Urban Economics, No. 99 (2017) ,pp. 120-135

“Housing Price Bubbles, New Supply, and Within-City Dynamics." Crocker Liu, Adam Nowak, and Stuart Rosenthal, Journal of Urban Economics, No. 96 (2016), pp. 55-72.

“Change and Persistence in the Economic Status of Neighborhoods and Cities." Stuart S. Rosenthal and Stephen Ross, Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Gilles Duranton, J. Vernon Henderson and William C. Strange (eds.), Elsevier B.V., Vol. 5, Chapter 16 (2015), pp/ 1047-1120. DOI:10.1016/B978-0-444-59531-7.00016-8.

 “Are Private Markets and Filtering a Viable Source of Low-Income Housing? Estimates from a ‘Repeat Income’ Model,” Rosenthal, Stuart S. (2014). American Economic Review, 104(2): 687-706.

“Geography, Industrial Organization, and Agglomeration,” Rosenthal, S. Stuart and William Strange (2003). Review of Economics and Statistics, 85 (2): 377-393 (May).

Journal Appointments

  • Editor, Journal of Urban Economics, 2007-present
  • Associate Editor, Economic Bulletin, 2000-2007
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Economics, 1995-2007
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 1995-present
  • Editorial Board, Real Estate Economics, 2000-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Housing Economics, 2002-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Housing Research, 1996-present