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Lu Han

Lu Han

Petro-Canada Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy
Chief Scientist, BEAR Centre


PhD, Stanford University
MA, University of California, Davis
BA, Nanjing University


Lu Han is Petro-Canada Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy at Rotman and Academic Director of the Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics. She currently serves on the Board of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. Lu received a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

Lu’s research examines housing market dynamics and risks, the microstructure of real estate markets, incentives and efficiencies in the brokerage industry, housing policies, as well as international real estate and green amenities. Her work has been published in highly regarded economics, finance and real estate journals, such as RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and Real Estate Economics.  She has also contributed to a number of books, including the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics and Housing Markets and the Financial Crisis. Lu received Mill’s Prize for the Best Paper in Real Estate Economics, 2014. 

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Selected Publications - Papers

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

Honors and Awards

  • 2016-2018

    MBA Teaching Award, Rotman School of Management

  • 2015

    Mill's Prize for the Best Paper in Real Estate Economics,

  • 2008-2014

    Excellence in Teaching, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2012-2015

    SSHRC Standard Research Grant (CI),

  • 2010-2012

    SSHRC Standard Research Grant (PI),

  • 2007-2009

    Bell University Lab Research Grants ,

  • 2008

    Best Paper Award, 13th Asian Real Estate Society Annual Meeting

  • 2006

    Best Dissertation Award, American Real Estate and Urban Economic Association

  • 2005-present

    Petro-Canada Professorship,

  • 2006

    Connaught Matching Grants,

  • 2005

    Connaught Start Up Grants,

  • 2005

    Kapnick Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Center

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Board, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Economics

  • Editorial Board, Real Estate Economics

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Housing Economics

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