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James D. Shilling

Academic Project Director

James D. Shilling is the Academic Project Director at the Institute for Housing Studies where he leads the academic research produced at the Institute. He is also the Michael J. Horne Chair in Real Estate Studies at DePaul University. Jim’s extensively-published research has examined a number of topics including real estate investment trusts and the role of real estate in institutional investors' portfolios, mortgage securitization, commercial mortgage default, real estate asset pricing, housing finance, and urban economics. Jim previously held a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin where he was the James A. Graaskamp Professor of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, has taught at Cambridge University where he held the Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance in the Department of Land Economy and has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Louisiana State University. He has also worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. Jim is a past president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and a past editor of its top-ranked journal, Real Estate Economics. He has been honored by a number of prestigious organizations and is a fellow of several, including the Urban Land Institute, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Real Estate Research Institute, and the Homer Hoyt Advanced Studies Institute. Jim is also a member of the Counselors of Real Estate. Jim holds a B.A. from Otterbein College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.