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. A recent ranking of Ph.D. programs in economics (available at www.econphd.net) places the Syracuse urban group 3rd in both the U.S. and the world. In addition, we have at least one faculty member serving on the editorial boards of every major academic journal in the fields of urban, regional, and real estate. This includes Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Housing Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Real Estate Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Our faculty have published extensively in these 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 Economic Review.
Our focus and depth allows us to offer two semester-long Ph.D. courses in urban economics and related areas. 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 and 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 the University of Toronto, University of Connecticut, Cornell University, Communications University in South Korea, The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, and the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and Atlanta.