Main Content

Lu Han

Lu  Han

Lu Han

Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy
Chief Scientist, BEAR Centre
Premier’s Research Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness


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

Personal Website:


Lu Han is Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy and the Premier’s Research Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness at Rotman. She is a Chief Scientist at the Behavioral Economics in Action (BEAR), a Research Fellow at the Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics and a Weimer Fellow at the Homer Hoyt Institute.  She currently serves on the Board of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the Editorial Boards for Journal of Urban EconomicsReal Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.  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, 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, International Economic Review, 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.  

Selected Publications - Papers

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

Honors and Awards

  • 2015-2019

    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

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2013-

    Associate Editor, Journal of Urban Economics

  • 2017-

    Associate Editor, Real Estate Economics

  • 2017-

    Associate Editor, Journal of Housing Economics

  • 2018-

    Associate Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics