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Academic seminars, conferences and public events

Academic Seminars, Conferences and Speakers Events

We also host a number of academic seminars , conferences and we present speakers events. Here is a sample of last year's events and conference information:


  • David Albouy (Illinois), “Urban Population and Amenities.”
  • Thomas Holmes (Minnesota), “Measuring the Joint Production of Goods and Ideas.”
  • Erik Hurst, University of Chicago (Booth), Regional Risk Sharing Through the U.S. Mortgage Market (with Ben Keys, Amit Seru and Joe Vavra)
  • Nathaniel Baum-Snow (Brown), Urban Transport Expansions, Employment Decentralization, and the Spatial Scope of Agglomeration Economies
  • Alvin Murphy (Arizona State), Incorporate Dynamic Behavior into the Hedonic Model (with Kelly Bishop), Incorporating Dynamic Behavior into the Hedonic Model

Rotman Summer Real Estate Conference:The Microstructure of Real Estate Markets

July 19-20, 2013

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

Lu Han, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

William Strange, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Competing with Asking Prices.

Benjamin Lester, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Ludo Visschers, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid

Ronald Wolthoff, Economics, University of Toronto

The Home Selling Problem: Theory and Evidence. 

Antonio Merlo, University of Pennsylvania

Francois Ortalo-Magne, University of Wisconsin – Madison

John Rust, Georgetown University

Housing Prices, Sales, and Search with New Construction.

Joseph Williams, Professors Capital

In-House Transactions in the Real Estate Brokerage Market: Matching Outcome or Strategic Promotion? 

Lu Han, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Seung-Hyun Hong, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Brokers’ Contractual Arrangements in the Manhattan Residential Rental Market. 

Heski Bar-Isaac, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Alessandro Gavazza, New York University

Information, Commitment and Separation in Illiquid Housing Markets. 

Derek Stacey, Ryerson University


Segmented Housing Search. 

Monika Piazzesi, Stanford University

Martin Schneider, Stanford University

Johannes Stroebel, University of Chicago


Bubbles, Durable Housing Capital, and Dynamics in the Real Estate Market.

Crocker Liu, Cornell University

Adam Nowak, University of West Virginia

Presenter: Stuart Rosenthal, Syracuse University


Snapshot of CRE Events

The CRE puts on a number of events designed to create opportunities for knowledge exchange.  Some recent events have been

CRE/ULI --  “The Redevelopment of Union Station and The Future of Downtown Toronto: what it is and what it could be” – A panel discussion of the possibilities for redeveloping this crucial piece of infrastructure and what this might mean for downtown Toronto.  Participants included John Howe, Vice President of Investment Strategy and Project Evaluation (ISPE), Metrolinx, Rory MacLeod, VP Development, Cadillac Fairview Lawrence Zucker, CEO, Osmington Inc.

HOW TO BUY A HOME EVENT -- This event is geared towards anyone interested in making their first home purchase. A panel of professionals discuss topics such as: renting vs. buying, the process of obtaining a mortgage and the differences between freehold, condominium and pre-construction purchases. Participants included Lu Han, Petro-Canada Associate Professor of Business Economics, Erica Nielsen, Manager at RBC, Yaseen Nimjee, Managing Director of M5V Realty Brokerage, Paul Solomons, Senior Manager of Sutton-Sadie Moranis Realty Brokerage).

CRE/ULI – “Waterfront Revitalization” – A panel discussion of ongoing real estate activity around Toronto’s waterfront.  Participants included John Campbell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterfront Toronto (formerly known as the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation), David Gerofsky, Chief Executive Officer,  First Gulf Corporation, Avi Tesciuba, Managing Director of Hines Canada

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