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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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Faculty Fellow

Jere Behrman

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William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics

About

Jere R. Behrman is W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. A leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics with a focus on developing economies, Behrman has been Chair of Economics, Research Associate and Director of Penn’s Population Studies Center, Associate Director of the Lauder Institute, and Associate Director of Penn’s Population Aging Research Center, among other positions in the University. He has been an investigator on over 160 research projects, including 42 National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 14 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and has published over 400 articles and 35 books. The unifying dimension of much of this research is to improve empirical knowledge of the determinants of and the impacts of human resources given unobserved factors such as innate health and ability, the functioning of various institutions such as households and imperfect markets, and information imperfections. 

Selected Publications

Behrman, Jere R., Susan W. Parker, Petra E. Todd, and Kenneth I. Wolpin. 2015. "Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools." Journal of Political Economy 123(2): 325-64.

Richter, Linda M., Bernadette Daelmans, Joan Lombardi, Jody Heymann, Florencia Lopez Boo, Jere R. Behrman, Chunling Lu, Jane E. Lucas, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Tarun Dua, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Karin Stenberg, Paul Gertler, and Gary L. Darmstadt. "Investing in the Foundation of Sustainable Development: Pathways to Scale up for Early Childhood Development. 2017. " The Lancet.

Allen, Franklin, Jere R. Behrman, Nancy Birdsall, Shahrokh Fardoust, Dani Rodrik, Andrew Steer, and Arvind Subramanian. 2014. Towards a Better Global Economy: Policy Implications for Global Citizens in the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Almedia, Rita, Jere Behrman, and David Robalino, editors. 2012. The Right Skills for the Job? Rethinking Effective Training Policies for Workers. Washington, DC: Social Protection, Human Development Network, World Bank. 

Affiliated PhD Student

Matt Davis

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PhD Candidate, Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylania

About

Matt begun his PhD training in Applied Economics in 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2009 and subsequently worked as a research analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund and the Education Innovation Lab at Harvard University.  He is currently working on projects related to the distributional impact of the mortgage interest tax deduction and the consequences of housing cycles for school district finances.

Selected Publications

"No Excuses" Charter Schools and College Enrollment: New Evidence From a High-School Network in Chicago (with Blake Heller). Forthcoming, Education Finance and Policy.

Faculty Fellow

Fernando Ferreira

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Associate Professor, Departments of Real Estate, and Business Economics and Public Policy

About

Fernando Ferreira is Associate Professor of Real Estate and Business Economics and Public Policy. His interests include public economics, urban economics, and real estate. He is also a Faculty Fellow and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), for which he co-edits the Journal of Public Economics. Ferreira has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and is the recipient of various research grants, including from the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Selected Publications

Ferreira, Fernando “What Drives Racial and Ethnic Differences in High Cost Mortgages? The Role of High Risk Lenders”, with Patrick Bayer and Stephen Ross. Forthcoming. Review of Financial Studies.

Ferreira, Fernando, Patrick Bayer, and Stephen Ross. 2016. “The Vulnerability of Minority Homeowners in the Housing Boom and Bust.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 8(1).

Ferreira, Fernando and Joseph Gyourko. 2014. “Does Gender Matter for Political Leadership? The Case of U.S. Mayors.” Journal of Public Economics 112: 24-39.

Ferreira, Fernando, Leah Platt Boustan, Hernan Winkler, and Eric Zolt. 2013. “The Effect of Rising Income Inequality on Taxation and Public Expenditures: Evidence from U.S. Municipalities and School Districts, 1970-2000.” Review of Economics and Statistics 95(4): 1291-1302.

Affiliated PhD Student

Ari Friedman

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MD/PhD Candidate in Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

About

Ari B. Friedman is a Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute and a sixth-year M.D./Ph.D. student in health economics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School. His research interests include the industrial organization of the unscheduled care system (primary care clinics, urgent care and retail clinics, and emergency departments), access to care and insurance, and financially integrating population health into the medical system. His work has been cited more than 600 times, with an h-index of 8.

Selected Publications

Friedman AB. Comment on Economic Incentives and Use of the Intensive Care Unit. JAMA 2014. 311(22):2336-2337.

Rhodes KV, Kenney GM, Friedman AB, Saloner B, Lawson CC, Chearo D, Wissoker D, Polsky D. Primary Care Access for New Patients on the Eve of Health Care Reform. JAMA Int Med 2014.

Becker NV, Friedman AB. Emergency Department, Heal Thyself. Am J Emerg Med 2014. 32(2):175-177.

Friedman AB, Mendola T. To Cover Their Child, One Couple Navigates A Health Insurance Maze In Pennsylvania. Health Affairs2013. 32(5):994-997.

Friedman AB, Becker N. Understanding the Individual Mandate's SCOTUS Pivot Points. LDI Health Economist. April 2012.VIDEO

Affiliated PhD Student

Jacob Krimmel

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PhD Candidate, Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

About

Jacob Krimmel is a third year PhD student in Applied Economics at The Wharton School, where he works closely with Professors Fernando Ferreira, Ben Keys, and Joe Gyourko of the Real Estate Department. Jacob’s interests are at the intersection of urban economics and public policy, including housing and real estate economics, consumer finance, local public economics, and income and wealth inequality. He is currently researching how federal policy and mortgage lending discrimination that occurred decades ago still has lasting impacts on neighborhoods across the US today. Prior to Wharton, Jacob worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, where his office studied the evolution of consumer finances and household wealth before, during, and after the Great Recession. Jacob has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, where he also double-majored in economics and political science. In his free time, Jacob enjoys taking his dog Miso to the park, cheering on the Baltimore Orioles and Liverpool FC, and traveling to new cities. 

Selected Publications

Bricker, Jesse, Alice Henriques, Jacob Krimmel, and John Sabelhaus (2016). "Estimating Top Income and Wealth Shares: Sensitivity to Data and Methods," American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, vol. 106, no. 5, pp. 641-645.

Bricker, Jesse, Alice Henriques, Jacob Krimmel, and John Sabelhaus (2016). "Measuring Income and Wealth at the Top Using Administrative and Survey Data," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring, pp. 261-321.

Bricker, Jesse, Rodney Ramcharan, and Jacob Krimmel (2014). "Signaling Status: The Impact of Relative Income on Household Consumption and Financial Decisions," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2014-76. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Dettling, Lisa J., Sebastian J. Devlin-Foltz, Jacob Krimmel, Sarah J. Pack, and Jeffrey P. Thompson (2015). "Comparing Micro and Macro Sources for Household Accounts in the United States: Evidence from the Survey of Consumer Finances," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2015-086. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Faculty Fellow

Janet Rothenberg Pack

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Professor Emerita of Business and Public Policy

About

Janet Rothenberg Pack is Professor Emerita of Business and Public Policy at The Wharton School. Her research interests lie in fiscal federalism and intergovernmental relations, political economy of economic policy, privatization, and urban and regional economic development. Pack has held previous appointments at Yale University, Southern Connecticut State College, and The New School for Social Research. She has also held visiting appointments at the Brookings Institution, European Institute for Public Administration, and the Hebrew University, among others. She is a member of the Advisory Board of The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel (1996 - present), and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Economic Studies and the Metropolitan Center, The Brookings Institution (1999-present).

Selected Publications

Pack, Janet Rothenberg and Gary Burtless, eds. 2010. Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs: 2008. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Pack, Janet Rothenberg, ed. 2005. Sunbelt/Frostbelt: Public Policies and Market Forces in Metropolitan Development. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Pack, Janet Rothenberg. 2002. Growth and Convergence in Metropolitan America. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

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. 

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