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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, University of Pennsylvania

About

Professor Behrman is also a Research Associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center and he serves as the Economics/Social Science member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) National Advisory Council. He is a leading international researcher in empirical microeconomics, with emphasis on developing economies.  His research interests include empirical microeconomics, labor economics, human resources (early childhood development, education, health, nutrition), project evaluation, economic demography, incentive systems and household behaviors. 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. He has published over 350 professional articles (primarily in leading general and field economic journals, also in leading demographic, sociology, nutritional and biomedical journals) and thirty-three books.  He has been a researcher with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, other international organizations and various governments. He has been a principal investigator on over seventy research projects funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (twenty-three grants), U.S. National Science Foundation (thirteen grants), and a number of other governmental and foundation sources.  He has been involved in professional research or lecturing in over forty countries. He has received honors including: Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow, Econometric Society Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow and 2008 biennial Carlos Diaz-Alejandro Prize for outstanding research contributions to Latin America. In December 2011 he was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Chile.

Faculty Fellow

David Bell

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Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor, Professor of Marketing

About

David Bell is Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor and Professor of Marketing in the Marketing Department at The Wharton School. His current research focuses on theories and explanations for geographic variation in the performance of Internet retail startups; his recent articles explain the effect of physical location on customer acquisition, contagion effects among co-located consumers, and the effect of preference isolation on online demand. His other projects focus on traditional retail settings and explore unplanned and impulse buying and consumer amortization strategies for fixed shopping costs. His previous articles explained consumer store choice among retailers with different pricing strategies, the effect of reference point formation on consumer response to promotions, and the effect of structural factors (e.g., dwelling size) on consumer shopping strategies. Bell’s research is published in premier academic marketing journals and he is on the editorial boards of International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, and Marketing Science.

Selected Publications

Jae Young Lee, David Bell. (Work In Progress). Social Learning and Awareness Diffusion for Online Retail Trials.

Jae Young Lee, David Bell. 2013. Neighborhood Social Capital and Social Learning for Experience Attributes of Products. Marketing Science.

David Bell, JeongHye Choi, Leonard Lodish. 2012. What Matters Most in Internet Retailing. MIT Sloan Management Review 54: 27-33.

Jeonghye Choi, David Bell, Leonard Lodish. 2012. Traditional and IS-Enabled Customer Acquisition on the Internet. Management Science 58: 754-769. Preyas Desai, David Bell, Gary Lilien, David Soberman. 2012. Editorial: The Science-to-Practice Initiative: Getting New Marketing Science Thinking into the Real World. Marketing Science 31(1): 1-3.

Faculty Fellow

Lawrence Brown

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Miers Busch Professor of Statistics

About

Lawrence Brown is the Miers Busch Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics at The Wharton School. His research areas include statistical decision theory, statistical inference, nonparametric function estimation, foundations of statistics, sampling theory, and empirical queuing science.

Selected Publications

Brown, Lawrence D., Michael L. Cohen, Daniel L. Cork, and Constance F. Citro, eds. 2010. Envisioning the 2020 Census. Panel on the Design of the 2020 Census Program of Evaluations and Experiments. National Research Council, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Brown, L. D., T. J. Plewes, and M. A. Gerstein. 2005. Measuring Research and Development in the United States Economy. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Brown, L. D., N. Gans, A. Mandelbaum, A. Sakov, H. Shen, S. Zeltyn, and L. H. Zhao. 2005. Statistical Analysis of a Telephone Call Center: a Queuing Science Perspective. Journal of American Statistical Association, 100.

Brown, L. D., T. T. Cai, and A. DasGupta. 1999. Interval Estimation for a Binomial Proportion. Statistical Science. 16.

Brown, L. D. and M. G. Low. 1996. Asymptotic Equivalence of Nonparametric Regression and White Noise. Annals of Statistics, 24.

Brown, L. D. 1971. Admissible Estimators, Recurrent Diffusions, and Insoluble Boundary Value Problems. Annals of Mathematical Statistics, 42.

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

Gilles Duranton

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Chair and Professor of Real Estate

About

Gilles Durantonis Professor of Real Estate in the Real Estate Department at The Wharton School. His research focuses on urban and regional development, transportation, and local public finance. Prior to joining the Real Estate Department in 2012, Duranton taught at the University of Toronto for seven years, and the London School of Economics for nine years.  He is the co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics, and is an editorial board member for several journals. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, the Spatial Economics Research Centre at the London School of Economics, and the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis. He currently serves as the chair of the Real Estate department at the Wharton School.

Selected Publications

Duranton, Gilles, Peter Morrow, and Matthew Turner. 2014. Roads and Trade: Evidence from the U.S. Review of Economic Studies, (forthcoming).

Combes, Pierre-Philippe, Gilles Duranton, Laurent Gobillon, Diego Puga, and Sébastien Roux. 2012. The Productivity Advantages of Large Cities: Distinguishing Agglomeration from Firm Selection Econometrica, 80(6): 2543-2594.

Duranton, Gilles and Matthew Turner. 2012. Urban Growth and Transportation. Review of Economic Studies, 79(4): 1407-1440.

Duranton, Gilles and Matthew Turner. 2011. The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from the U.S. American Economic Review, 101(6): 2616-2652.

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, Departments 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 and Joel Waldfogel. 2013, Pop Internationalism: Has A Half Century of World Music Trade Displaced Local Culture? Economic Journal, 123(569): 634-664.

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

Ferreira, Fernando and Joseph Gyourko.  2012. Heterogeneity in Neighborhood-level Price Growth in the U.S., 1993-2009. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 102(3): 134-140.

Ferreira, Fernando and Albert Saiz. Working. The Importance of Being “Ernesto”: Do Hispanics Affect the Housing Market?

Ferreira, Fernando. 2010. You Can Take It with You: Proposition 13 Tax Benefits, Residential Mobility, and Willingness to Pay for Housing Amenities. Journal of Public Economics, 94: 661-673.

Ferreira, Fernando, Joseph Gyourko and Joseph Tracy. 2010. Housing Busts and Household Mobility. Economic Policy Review, 68(1): 34-45.

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

Faculty Fellow

Edward George

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Universal Furniture Professor, Professor of Statistics, and Chair, Department of Statistics

About

Edward George is Universal Furniture Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Statistics Department at The Wharton School. His research interests include hierarchical modeling, model uncertainty, shrinkage estimation, treed modeling, variable selection, and wavelet regression. He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including American Statistical Association (Elected Fellow), Bernoulli Society, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Elected Fellow), Royal Statistical Society (Fellow), International Statistical Institute (Elected Member), International Society for Bayesian Analysis, Japanese Association of Financial Econometrics and Engineering American Statistical Association (Elected Fellow), Bernoulli Society, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Elected Fellow), Royal Statistical Society (Fellow), International Statistical Institute (Elected Member), International Society for Bayesian Analysis, and the Japanese Association of Financial Econometrics and Engineering.

Selected Publications

Chipman, H., Ed George, R.B. Gramacy, R.E. McCulloch. 2013. Bayesian Treed Response Surface Models. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.

Rockova, Veronika and Ed George. Under Review. EMVS: The EM Approach to Bayesian Variable Selection.

George, Ed, Yuzo Maruyama. 2012. Posterior Odds with a Generalized Hyper-g-prior. Econometric Reviews.

Wang, Pengyuan, Eric Bradlow, and Ed George. Under Review. Marketing Meta-Analyses Using Information Reweighting. George, Ed, and K. Hui. 2012. Optimal Pricing Using Online Auction Experiments: A Polya Tree Approach. Annals of Applied Statistics 6: 55-82. 

Faculty Fellow

Mauro Guillén

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Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, Director, The Lauder Institute

Professor Sociology (secondary appointment)

About

Mauro Guillén is the Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management and the Director of The Lauder Institute at The Wharton School, and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include organizational theory, economic sociology, international management, international banking strategies, and emerging economies. He previously taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the advisory board of the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (Grupo Analistas), and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals. He has received a Wharton MBA Core Teaching Award, a Wharton Graduate Association Teaching Award, a Wharton Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award, the Gulf Publishing Company Best Paper Award of the Academy of Management, the W. Richard Scott Best Paper Award of the American Sociological Association, the Gustavus Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights, and the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association. Guillén is an Elected Fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society, a former Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. 

Selected Publications

Guillén, Mauro F., ed. 2013. Women Entrepreneurs: Inspiring Stories from Emerging Economies and Developing Countries. New York: Routledge. Guillén, Mauro F., and Emilio Ontiveros. 2012. Global Turning Points: Understanding the Challenges for Business in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Cambridge University Press,

Guillén, Mauro and Esteban Garcia-Canal. 2012. Emerging Markets Rule: Growth Strategies of the New Global Markets. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Guillén, Mauro and Esteban Garcia-Canal. 2010. The New Multinationals: Spanish Firms in a Global Context. Cambridge University Press. 

Faculty Fellow

Joseph Gyourko

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Martin Bucksbaum Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Business Economic and Public Policy

Director, Zell/Lurie Estate Center

About

Joseph Gyourko is the Martin Bucksbaum Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Business Economic and Public Policy in the Real Estate Department and Director of the Zell/Lurie Estate Center at The Wharton School. His research interests include commercial real estate market analysis and housing market analysis.  Gyourko is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and is Co-Director of the NBER Project on Housing Markets and the Financial Crisis. A former editor of Real Estate Economics, he presently serves on various journal editorial boards. Gyourko is a past Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA). Finally, he consults and advises real estate various companies and investors.

Selected Publications

Gyourko, Joseph, Christopher Mayer, and Todd Sinai. 2013. Superstar Cities. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, 5(4): 167-99.

                                  Jing, Wu, Joseph Gyourko, and Yongheng Deng. 2012. Evaluating Conditions in Major Chinese Housing Markets. Regional Science and Urban Economics 42(3): 531-543.

Gyourko, Joseph. 2012. Heterogeneity in Neighborhood-level Price Growth in the U.S., 1993-2009. American Economic Review 102(3): 134-140.

Ferreira, Fernando, Joseph Gyourko, and Joseph Tracy. 2012. Housing Mobility and Housing Busts: An Update. Economic Policy Review 18(2): 1-16.

Glaeser, Edward and Joseph Gyourko. 2008. Rethinking Federal Housing Policy. How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute Press. 

Faculty Fellow

Jessie Handbury

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Assistant Professor of Real Estate, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

About

Jessie Handbury is an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Her research interests lie at the intersection of urban economics, trade, and industrial organization. Her recent articles use detailed data on retail sales to characterize how product prices and availability vary across U.S. cities and to measure the implications of this variation on household living costs.  Her current research examines spatial and socio-economic disparities in the availability and consumption of food products.  This work, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, seeks to understand the roles that differentials in price sensitivity, nutritional preferences, and retail access each play in explaining socio-economic disparities in nutrition. 

Selected Publications

Handbury, Jessie, and David E. Weinstein. Goods prices and availability in cities. The Review of Economic Studies, 2014.

Handbury, Jessie. "Are poor cities cheap for everyone? non-homotheticity and the cost of living across us cities." Zell-Lurie working papers, 2014.

Watanabe, Tsutomu, David Weinstein, and Jessie Handbury. "How Much Do Official Price Indexes Tell Us About Inflation?." 2014 Meeting Papers. No. 73. Society for Economic Dynamics, 2014.

 

Faculty Fellow

Robert P. Inman

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Richard King Mellon Professor of Finance

Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

Professor of Real Estate

School/Department

Areas of Interest

    About

    Robert P. Inman is the Richard King Mellon Professor of Finance, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, and Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School. His primary research interests include public finance, urban fiscal policy, and political economy. He is a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research, and has been a visiting senior research economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia for a number of years. He has been an advisor to the city of Philadelphia, the State of Pennsylvania, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Republic of South Africa, and National Bank of Sri Lanka on matters of fiscal policy. 

    Selected Publications

    Inman, Robert P. 2008. Federalism’s Values and the Value of Federalism, NBER Working Paper No. 13735.

    Craig, Steven, Andrew Haughwout, Robert P. Inman, and Thomas Luce. 2004. Local Revenue Hills: Evidence from Four U.S. Cities. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 86(2): 570-585.   Inman, Robert P. 2003. “Transfers and Bailouts: Enforcing Local Fiscal Discipline with Lessons from U.S. Federalism.” In Fiscal Decentralization and the Challenge of Hard Budget Constraints. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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