Keynote Speakers (Alphabetical)

David Albouy

David Albouy is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Research Associate at the Center for Business and Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, winning both the National Tax Association and American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association First Prize, a Awards for his dissertation, which predicted a major impact of federal income taxes on land values. His main interests are in urban, public, and labor economics. His major publications are found in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Public Economics. Currently David is working on issues related to the crisis in housing affordability, and growing inequality in housing values, which appear to be driven primarily by land and differential access to public goods. Despite his efforts to follow a career different from his electrical engineer father and French teacher mother, he found out later that his father worked often as an economist at the World Bank, while his mother was a real estate agent on weekends. 



Yuming Fu

Dr. Yuming Fu teaches and researches the economics of cities and real estate markets at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS), where he is a Dean’s Chair associate professor. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the American Economic ReviewManagement ScienceJournal of Urban EconomicsJournal of Regional Science, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and Real Estate Economics. He is on the editorial board of Real Estate Economics, a journal of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), where he also served on the board of directors, and is a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. He served in various leadership roles at NUS, including deputy head of the Department of Real Estate, acting director of NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies, and vice dean (research) of the School of Design and Environment.



Jens Suedekum

Jens Suedekum is Professor of International Economics at the Düsseldorf Institute of Competition Economics (DICE) and a research fellow at CEPR, CESifo, IZA and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). He is currently the editor of the Journal of Regional Science and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Economics and various other journals. Suedekum received his PhD from Georg-August-University Göttingen in 2003. He published widely in economic geography and international trade, in journals such as the American Economic Review, and has been an advisor to various public institutions on regional policy and trade policy.





Vincent Yao

Vincent Yao is the AREA GSU Professor of Real Estate and Director of Real Estate Center in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Prior to joining the GSU faculty, he spent over nice years as the director of credit portfolio strategy and the director of underwriting analytics in Fannie Mae. He was responsible for monitoring and managing a credit portfolio of $3 trillion loans guaranteed and securitized by the company. He also managed models and policies used in underwriting millions of mortgage applications by American homeowners and was the business sponsor of all corporate models used in credit risk management. His current research interests are household finance, real estate finance, and housing policies. His papers have been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, and Journal of Financial Intermediation etc. He is currently on the editorial board of Real Estate Economics – widely regarded as the leading journal in real estate.


Scientific Committee (Alphabetical)

  • Roberta CapelloPolitecnico of MilanItaly (Editor-in-ChiefPapers in Regional Science).

  • Anping Chen, Jinan UniversityChina.

  • Zhao Chen, Fudan UniversityChina.

  • Edward Coulson, University of NevadaLas VegasUSA (Co-editor of Journal of Regional Science).

  •  J. Paul Elhorst, University of GroningenNetherlands(Editor-in-Chief Spatial Economics Analysis).

  • Henk Folmer, Groningen UniversityNetherlands (Managing Editor of Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences).

  • Canfei He, Peking University, China.

  • Janet Kohlhase, University of HoustonUSA (Editor of Annals of Regional Science).

  • Mark Partridge, Ohio State UniversityUSA (Managing Editor of Journal of Regional Science).

  • Dan RickmanOklahoma State UniversityUSA (Editor of Growth and Change).

  • Andres Rodriguez-Pose, London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK (Editor of Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy).

  • Albert Saiz, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA (Editor of Journal of Housing Economics).

  • Jouke Van Dijk, Groningen UniversityNetherlands (Associate Editor of Journal of Social and Economic Geography and Editor of Springer Regional Science Book Series Advance of Spatial Science).

  • Frank Van OortErasmus University Rotterdam and Utrecht University, Netherland (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Social and Economic Geography).

  • Fang Ying, Xiamen UniversityChina.

  • Dayong Zhang, Southwestern University of Finance and EconomicsChina.

  • Siqi zhengMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA