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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Joseph Tracy

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Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Areas of Interest

    About

    Joseph Tracy is Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As Senior Advisor, Tracy focuses on housing and household credit issues. Tracy’s research interests include labor economics, unions and collective bargaining, compensation design, real estate finance, and local public finance. Prior to joining the Bank, Tracy was Associate Professor of Economics at both Yale University and Columbia University. 

     

    Selected Publications

    Ferreira, Fernando, Joseph Gyourko, Joseph Tracy. 2012. Housing Busts and Household Mobility: An Update. FRBNY Economic Policy Review, 18(3).

    Dechario , Toni, Patricia C. Mosser, Joseph Tracy, James Vickery and Joshua Wright. 2011. “A Private Lender Cooperative Model for Residential Mortgage Finance.” In The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform, Susan M. Wachter and Marvin M. Smith, Chapter 12. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Ferreira, Fernando, Joseph Gyourko, and Joseph Tracy. 2010. Housing Busts and Household Mobility. Journal of Urban Economics, 68(1): 34-45.

    Haughwout, Andrew, Christopher Mayer, and Joseph Tracy. 2009. Subprime Mortgage Pricing: The Impact of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender on the Cost of Borrowing. Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Reports, no. 368.

     

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Xiao “Betty” Wang

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    PhD Candidate, Business Economics and Public Policy, the Wharton Business School

    About

    Xiao (Betty) Wang is a Doctoral Student in Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton Business School. Her research interests are in urban economics, real estate economics and public policy. Before coming to Penn, Betty earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics and International Development Studies from Washington University’s College of Arts and Sciences. 

     

    Fellow

    Sidney Wong

    About

    Sidney Wong, Ph.D. Project Lead of ESI Community Data Analytics. He is a fiscal impact study consultant and a leading researcher in demographic multipliers, just published an article in this regard in Cityscape. Currently he is writing a book on China’s planning history relating to two renowned 1927 Penn architecture graduates. Wong holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of California at Berkeley. He had taught planning and urban studies at University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Morgan State University, and Florida International University. His research includes American highway planning history, land value capture, land system and property tax, and economic development. He had been a member of the American Planning Association, and served in the Executive Committee of the Maryland Chapter; and a frequent CPE lecturer in national and state planning conferences on impact analysis. He served as a senior consultant with the World Bank, a director of a HUD Community Outreach Partnership Center in Miami, and a zoning officer in Hong Kong. In the late 1980s, he was a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, where he still serves as their honorary journal editor.

     

    Selected Publications

    “Residential Demographic Multipliers: Using PUMS Records to Estimate Housing Development Impacts,” Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 2017. 19(3): 415-27 [lead author].

    “Searching for a Modern, Humanistic Planning Model in China - The Planning Ideas of Liang Sicheng (1930-1952),” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 2015. 32(4): 324-45.

    “Architects and Planners in the Middle of a Road War: The Urban Design Concept Team in Baltimore, 1966–1971,” Journal of Planning History, 2013. 12(2): 179-202. 

    “The Planning Connection between Clarence Stein and Liang Sicheng in Republican China,” Planning Perspectives, 2013. 28(3): 421-39.

    “Background and Influences on Liang Sicheng’s Planning Thoughts,” & “Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng as Architectural Students at the University of Pennsylvania (1924-27),” Planning and Development.

     

    Fellow

    Mark Zandi

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    Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Mark M. Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, where he directs economic research. Dr. Zandi is a cofounder of Economy.com, which Moody’s purchased in 2005. Dr. Zandi’s broad research interests encompass macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy. His recent research has focused on mortgage finance reform and the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy. He has analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies and assessed the appropriate monetary policy response to bubbles in asset markets. A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Dr. Zandi frequently testifies before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the nation’s daunting fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform, and foreclosure mitigation. Dr. Zandi is the author of Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century and Financial Shock: A 360º Look at the Subprime Mortgage Implosion, and How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis. Dr. Zandi earned his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. 

       

      Emerging Scholar

      Albert Zevelev

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      Assistant Professor of Real Estate, Baruch College, CUNY

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Albert Zevelev is an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY. He is an applied economist studying interactions between housing markets, financial markets and the rest of the economy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis and a PhD from Wharton.

         

        Selected Publications

        “Transparency in the Mortgage Market” with Andrey Pavlov and Susan Wachter. Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, Forthcoming.

         

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