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Richard Green

Director and Chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate

Ph.D. in Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 331B


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Expertise: Economics, housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, transportation, mortgage finance, urban growth

Richard K. Green, Ph.D., is the Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. He holds the Lusk Chair in Real Estate and is Professor in the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Marshall School of Business.

Prior to joining the USC faculty, Dr. Green spent four years as the Oliver T. Carr, Jr., Chair of Real Estate Finance at The George Washington University School of Business. He was Director of the Center for Washington Area Studies and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Studies at that institution. Dr. Green also taught real estate finance and economics courses for 12 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was Wangard Faculty Scholar and Chair of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. He also has been principal economist and director of financial strategy and policy analysis at Freddie Mac. He was a visiting professor of real estate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is or has been involved with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Conference of Business Economists, the Center for Urban Land Economics Research, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Dr. Green also is a Weimer Fellow at the Homer Hoyt Institute, and a member of the faculty of the Selden Institute for Advanced Studies in Real Estate. He was recently President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

Dr. Green earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his A.B. in economics from Harvard University.

His research addresses housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, transportation, mortgage finance and urban growth. He is a member of two academic journal editorial boards, and a reviewer for several others. His work is published in a number of journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Land Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Housing Economics, and Urban Studies. His book with Stephen Malpezzi, A Primer on U.S. Housing Markets and Housing Policy, is used at universities throughout the country, and he recently published a book, Introduction to Mortgages and Mortgage Backed Securities. His work has been cited or he has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and the Economist, as well as other outlets. He spoke at the 31st annual Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium, and he has testified before US Senate and House Committees, as well as California Assembly Committees. The National Association of REALTORS, the Ford Foundation, and the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy have funded grants to support some of Dr. Green’s research. He consults for the World Bank.

In 1995, Dr. Green was honored as “Teacher of the Year” by the University of Wisconsin Graduate Business Association, and soon thereafter was inducted into that University’s Teaching Academy.


Acolin, A., & Green, R. (2017). Measuring housing affordability in São Paulo metropolitan region: Incorporating location. Cities62, 41–49.

Lewis, C., Darnell, D., Kerns, S., Monroe-DeVita, M., Landes, S., Lyon, A., … Marriott, B. (2016). Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) 2015: advancing efficient methodologies through community partnerships and team science. Implementation Science : IS11(Suppl 1), 85.

Green, R., & Lee, H. (2016). Age, demographics, and the demand for housing, revisited. Regional Science and Urban Economics61(C), 86–98.

Green, R. K., & Hendershott, P. (Forthcoming). Separating the Impacts of Age and Birth Date on Retail Sales. Journal of Shopping Center Research.

Schuetz, J., & Green, R. K. (2014). Is the Art Market more Bourgeois than Bohemian? Journal of Regional Science, 54(2), 273-303.

Carrillo, P., Cellini, S. R., & Green, R. K. (2013). School Quality and Information Disclosure: Evidence from the Housing Market. Economic Inquiry, 51(3), 1809-1828.

Green, R. K. (2012). Government Sponsored Enterprises in D. Coates (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to American Politics (pp. 445). New York: Oxford University Press.

Lacour‐Little, M., Park, Y. W., & Green, R. K. (2012). Parameter Stability and the Valuation of Mortgages and Mortgage‐Backed Securities. Real Estate Economics, 40(1), 23-63.

Green, R. K., Mariano, R., Pavlov, A., & Wachter, S. (2009). Misaligned Incentives and Mortgage Lending in Asia. In T. Ito, & A. Rose (Eds.), Financial Sector Development in the Pacific Rim (pp. 95). Chicago: Chicago University Press.

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