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William C. Strange

William C. Strange

SmartCentres Chair of Real Estate
Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy

Degrees:

PhD, Princeton University
MA, Princeton University
BA, University of Oregon

Bio

William Strange is a Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy at the Rotman School. William is currently Editor of Journal of Urban Economics (with Stuart Rosenthal), and he served in 2011 as President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. He works in the areas of urban economics and real estate. His research has considered agglomeration, industry clusters, labor market pooling, skills, private government, real estate development and real estate investment.

Academic Positions

  • 2001-Present

    Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2000-2001

    Real Estate Foundation Professor of Urban Land Economics, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia

  • 1996-2001

    Director, Centre for Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia

  • 1996-2000

    Chair, Urban Land Economics Division, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia

  • 1995-2000

    Associate Professor of Urban Land Economics, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia

  • 1993-2001

    Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia Chair of Urban Land Economics, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration,University of British Columbia

  • 1990-1995

    Assistant Professor of Urban Land Economics, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia

  • 1987-1990

    Assistant Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College

  • 1986-1990

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Land Economics, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia

Selected Publications - Papers

  • Heterogeneous Agglomeration

    Faggio, Giulia, Olmo Silva, and William C. Strange

    Review of Economics and Statistics

  • What is the Role of the Asking Price for a House?

    Han, Lu and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

  • Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Volume 5B

    G. Duranton, J. V. Henderson and W.C. Strange (eds)

    Elsevier

    2015

  • The Microstructure of Housing Markets: Search, Bargaining, and Brokerage

    Han, Lu and William C. Strange

    Handbook of Urban and Regional Economics

    Issue:5B

    2015

    Pages: 813-886

  • Bidding Wars for Houses

    Han, Lu and William C. Strange

    Real Estate Economics

    Issue:42(1)

    2014

    Pages: 1-32

  • Coagglomeration and the Scale and Composition of Clusters

    Helsley, Robert W. and William C. Strange

    Journal of Political Economy

    Issue:122(5)

    2014

    Pages: 1064-1093

  • Marshall’s Labor Market Pooling: Evidence from Italy

    Andini, Monica, Guido de Blasio, Gilles Duranton, and William C. Strange

    Regional Science and Urban Economics

    Issue:43

    2013

    Pages: 1008-1022

  • Developers, Herding, and Overbuilding

    Decoster, Gregory P. and William C. Strange

    Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics

    Issue:44

    2012

    Pages: 7-35

  • Female Entrepreneurship, Agglomeration, and a New Spatial Mismatch

    Rosenthal, Stuart S. and William C. Strange

    Review of Economics and Statistics

    Issue:94(3)

    2012

    Pages: 764-788

  • Entrepreneurs and Cities: Complexity, Thickness, and Balanc

    Helsley, Robert W. and William C. Strange

    Regional Science and Urban Economics

    Issue:44 (6)

    2011

    Pages: 550-559

  • The Micro-Empirics of Collective Action: The Case of Business Improvement Districts

    Brooks, Leah and William C. Strange

    Journal of Public Economics

    Issue:95

    2011

    Pages: 1358-1372

  • Elements of Skill: Traits, Intelligences, Education, and Agglomeration

    Bacolod, Marigee, Bernardo Blum, and William C. Strange

    Journal of Regional Science

    Issue:50(1)

    2010

    Pages: 245-280

  • "Urban Economics and Entrepreneurship

    Glaeser, Edward L., Stuart S. Rosenthal, and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:67(1)

    2010

    Pages: 1-14

  • Agglomeration Research in the Age of Disaggregation

    William C. Strange

    Canadian Journal of Economics

    Issue:42(1)

    2009

    Pages: 1-27

  • Skills in the City

    Bacolod, Marigee, Bernardo Blum, and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:65(2)

    2009

    Pages: 127-135

  • Urban Interactions: Soft Skills vs. Specialization

    Bacolod, Marigee, Bernardo Blum, and William C. Strange

    Journal of Economic Geography

    Issue:9(2)

    2009

    Pages: 227-262

  • A Game-Theoretic Analysis of Skyscrapers

    Helsley, Robert W. and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:64(1)

    2008

    Pages: 49-64

  • Agglomeration and Hours Worked

    Stuart S. Rosenthal and William C. Strange

    The Review of Economics and Statistics

    Issue:90(1)

    2008

    Pages: 105-118

  • The Attenuation of Human Capital Spillovers

    Stuart Rosenthal and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    2008

  • A Game-Theoretic Analysis of Skyscrapers

    Robert W. Helsley and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    2007

  • Agglomeration, Opportunism, and the Organization of Production

    Robert W. Helsley and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:62(1)

    2007

    Pages: 55-75

  • Urban Interactions and Spatial Structure

    Robert W. Helsley and William S. Strange

    Journal of Economic Geography

    Issue:7(2)

    2007

    Pages: 119-138

  • The Uncertain City: Competitive Instability, Skills, Innovation, and the Strategy of Agglomeration

    William C. Strange, Walid Hejazi and Jianmin Tang

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:59(3)

    2006

    Pages: 331-351

  • Mixed Markets and Crime

    Robert W. Helsley and William C. Strange

    Journal of Public Economics

    Issue:89(7)

    2005

    Pages: 1251-1275

  • Knowledge Barter in Cities

    Robert W. Helsley and William C. Strange

    Journal of urban Economics

    Issue:56(2)

    2004

    Pages: 327-345

  • Geography, Industrial Organization, and Agglomeration

    Stuart S. Rosenthal and William C. Strange

    Review of Economics and Statistics

    Issue:85(2)

    2003

    Pages: 377-393

  • Geography, Industrial Organization, and Agglomeration

    Rosenthal, Stuart S. and William C. Strange

    Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming

    2002

  • Innovation and Input Sharing

    Helsley, Robert W. and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:51(1)

    2002

    Pages: pp. 25-45

  • The Determinants of Agglomeration

    Rosenthal, Stuart S. and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:50(2)

    2001

    Pages: pp. 191-229

  • Potential Competition and PublicSector Performance

    Helsley, Robert W. and William C. Strange

    Regional Science and Urban Economic

    Issue:30

    2000

    Pages: pp. 405-428

  • Social Interactions andthe Institutions of Local Government

    Helsley, Robert W. and William C. Strange

    American Economic Review

    Issue:90(5)

    2000

    Pages: pp. 1477-1490

  • Gated Communities and the EconomicGeography of Crime

    Helsley, Robert W. and William C. Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:46(1)

    1999

    Pages: pp. 80-105

  • The Timing and Intensity of Investment

    Avner Bar-Ilan and William Strange

    Journal of Macroeconomics

    Issue:21

    1999

    Pages: pp. 57-78

  • A Model of Sequential Investment

    Avner Bar-Ilan and William Strange

    Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control

    Issue:22 (3)

    1998

    Pages: pp. 437-463

  • Private Government

    Robert Helsley, and William Strange

    Journal of Public Economics

    Issue:69

    1998

    Pages: pp. 281-304

  • Limited Developers

    Robert Helsley and William Strange

    Canadian Journal of Economics

    Issue:XXX

    1997

    Pages: pp. 329-348

  • Investment Lags

    Avner Bar-Ilan and William Strange

    American Economic Review

    Issue:86

    1996

    Pages: pp. 610-622

  • Urban Development with Lags

    Avner Bar-Ilan and William Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:39

    1996

    Pages: pp. 87-113

  • Information, Holdouts, and Land Assembly

    William Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:38

    1995

    Pages: pp. 317-332

  • Strategic Growth Controls

    Robert Helsley and William Strange

    Regional Science and Urban Economics

    Issue:25

    1995

    Pages: pp. 435-460

  • City Formation with Commitment

    Robert Helsley and William Strange

    Regional Science and Urban Economics

    Issue:24

    1994

    Pages: pp.373-390

  • Exclusion and the Private Enforcement of Property Rights

    Robert Helsley and William Strange

    Journal of Public Economics

    Issue:53

    1994

    Pages: pp.291-308

  • Spurious Agglomeration

    Gregory Decoster and William Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:33

    1993

    Pages: pp. 273-304

  • Overlapping Neighborhoods and Housing Externalities

    William Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:32

    1992

    Pages: pp. 17-39

  • Predictable Excess Returns in Real Estate

    Matthew Spiegel and William Strange

    Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance

    Issue:5

    1992

    Pages: pp.375-392

  • Agglomeration Economies and Urban Capital Markets

    Robert Helsley and William Strange

    Journal of Urban Economics

    Issue:29

    1991

    Pages: pp. 96-112

  • Exclusion and the Theory of Clubs

    Robert Helsley and William Strange

    Canadian Journal of Economics

    Issue:XXIV

    1991

    Pages: pp. 888-899

  • Matching and Agglomeration Economics in a System of Cities

    Robert Helsley and William Strange

    Regional Science and Urban Economics

    Issue:20

    1990

    Pages: pp. 189-212

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, Volume 5A

    G. Duranton, J. V. Henderson and W.C. Strange (eds)

    Elsevier

    2015

  • Comments on Did the rust belt become shiny? A study of cities and counties that lost steel and auto jobs in the 1980s by James Feyrer, Bruce Sacerdote and Ariel Dora Stern

    W.G.Gale and J.R. Pack, eds.

    Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs

    2007

    Pages: 96-102

  • The Micro-Empirics of Agglomeration Economies

    R.J.Arnott and D.P. McMillen

    Blackwell Companion to Urban Economics, Blackwell: London

    2006

    Pages: 7-26

  • Urban Agglomeration

    S.Durlauf and L. Blume

    New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Macmillan: London

    Issue:2nd ed.

    2005

  • Comments on The Rise of the Skilled City by E. Glaeser and A. Saiz

    W.G.Gale and J.R. Pack, eds.

    Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs

    2004

    Pages: 100-104

  • Evidence on the Nature and Sources of Agglomeration Economies

    Stuart S. Rosenthal and William C. Strange

    Handbook of Urban and Regional Economics, J.V.Henderson & J.F. Thisse, eds, Amsterdam:Elsevier

    Issue:4

    2004

    Pages: 2119-2172

  • Evidence on the Nature and Sources of Agglomeration Economies

    Rosenthal, Stuart S. and William C. Strange

    The Handbook of Urban and Regional Economics, J.V. Henderson and J.-F. Thisse, eds.

    2003

Research and Teaching Interests

My research and teaching are in the areas of urban economics and real estate.

Honors and Awards

  • 2014

    Edwin S. Mills Best Paper Prize, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association

  • 2014

    Fellow of the Regional Science Association, Regional Science Association International

  • 2009

    Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievements in Regional Science, Regional Science Association International

  • 2009

    Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievements in Regional Science, Regional Science Association International

  • 2009

    Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievements in Regional Science, Regional Science Association International

  • 2009

    Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievements in Regional Science, Regional Science Association International

  • 2009

    Walter Isard Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievements in Regional Science, Regional Science Association International

  • 2010, 20111

    GBC Favorite Professor, Rotman

  • 2010, 20111

    GBC Favorite Professor, Rotman

  • 2010, 20111

    GBC Favorite Professor, Rotman

  • 2010, 20111

    GBC Favorite Professor, Rotman

  • 2010, 20111

    GBC Favorite Professor, Rotman

  • 2001-2, 2002-3,2003-4, 2004-5, 2006-7, 2007-8

    1rst Year MBA Teacher of the Year,

  • 2003

    Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Teaching Award,

  • 2000

    Grosvenor Prize for Research in Urban Land Economics,

  • 1996-1997

    Killam Fellowship,

  • 1995

    UBC Faculty of Commerce Research Prize, UBC

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2007-

    Co-editor, Journal of Urban Economics

  • 1995-

    Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Economics

  • 2005-2007

    Book Review Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics

  • 2001-

    Board Member, Journal of Economic Geography

  • 2001-2007

    Associate Editor, Economics Bulletin

  • 2004-2006

    Board of Directors, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Asscn

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