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Maxwell / Department of Economics

Urban Economics

Syracuse University has a long tradition of emphasis in urban, regional and real estate economics. Collectively, our faculty provide one of the strongest and most active research groups in these areas. One of our faculty currently serves as Editor of the Journal of Urban Economics and first Vice-President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA).  In addition, we have at least one faculty member serving on the editorial boards of most major academic journals in the fields of urban, regional, and real estate. Our faculty have published extensively in urban and real estate journals and have also placed urban/real estate papers in major general journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Economics Review.

Our focus and depth allows us to offer two semester-long Ph.D. courses in urban economics and related areas augmented by a third upper level undergraduate course in real estate economics that many of our Ph.D. students audit. Together, these courses cover a wide range of topics. In contrast, most Ph.D. programs in economics do not offer any courses in urban economics an related areas, or at most only one.

The research interests of our current faculty span nearly all areas of urban, regional, and real estate economics. This includes core topics in the field as well as areas that spill into related areas of public economics, labor economics, industrial organization, international trade, and finance.

Recent Ph.D. graduates of our program with dissertations in the urban/real estate area have obtained positions at Kent State University, Georgia State University, Communications University in South Korea, University of Southern California, West Virginia University, Singapore Management University, Southwest University of Finance and Economics (China), the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Census Bureau, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Core faculty in the areas of urban, regional and real estate economics include:

  • Gary Engelhardt
  • Stuart Rosenthal
  • Amy Schwartz
  • Johnny Yinger

Additional faculty with research interests in these areas include: 

  • Jan Ondrich
  • Michael Wasylenko