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Arthur Acolin

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Arthur Acolin

Assistant Professor

Arthur Acolin is an Assistant Professor in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. He obtained his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California in May 2017. His dissertation, titled “Three Essays on Frictions in Housing Markets” looked at various market imperfections that affect household housing choices and impact their financial outcomes. His field of research is housing economics with a focus on international housing policy and finance. His particular interest is on how housing market institutions and market designs affect household access to housing (tenure choice, housing consumption and mobility decision). Prior to completing his Ph.D. Acolin was a Research Associate in the Real Estate department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he worked on housing, urbanization and economic development issues. He obtained a master in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.


PhD Urban Planning and Development, University of Southern California, 2017
MSc Urban Policy, London School of Economics, 2011
BA Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2009

Current Teaching

  • Introduction to Real Estate Economics and Market Analysis (MSRE)
  • Advanced Real Estate Finance & Investment (MSRE)


Journal Papers

“Who Owns Chinatown: Neighborhood Presevation and Change in Boston and Philadelphia”, (with Domenic Vitiello), Urban Studies, forthcoming.

“Homeownership and the use of Nontraditional and Subprime Mortgages”, (with Xudong An, Raphael Bostic & Susan M. Wachter), Housing Policy Debate, 2017, 27:3, 393-418.

“Measuring Housing Affordability in Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region”, (with Richard Green), International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 2017, 62, 41-49.

“Institutional Ecosystems of Housing Support in Chinese, Southeast Asian, and African Philadelphia”, (with Domenic Vitiello), Journal of Planning Education and Research, 2017, 37:2, 195-206.

“A Field Study of Rental Market Discrimination Across Origins in France”, (with Raphael Bostic & Gary Painter), Journal of Urban Economics, 2016, 95, 49-63.

“Borrowing Constraints and Homeownership”, (with Jesse Bricker, Paul Calem & Susan M. Wachter), American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 2016, 106:5, 625-629.

“A Renter of Homeowner Nation”, (with Laurie Goodman & Susan M. Wachter), Cityscape, 2016, 18:1, 145-157.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

“Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Mandate to End Segregation”, (with Raphael Bostic), in Squires, G. (ed). “The Fight for Fair Housing”, Taylor & Francis/Routledge, forthcoming.

“Urban Governance and Development of Informality in China and India”, (with Shahana Chattaraj & Susan M. Wachter), in Birch, E., Chattaraj, S. & Wachter, S.M. (eds). “Slums: How Informal Real Estate Markets Work”, University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 2016.

“Housing Finance in Retrospect”, (with Susan M. Wachter), in HUD at 50: Creating Pathways to Opportunity, 2015, 157-183.

Selected Current Research Projects

“The Policy Implications of Varying Techniques to Identify Urban Growth Patterns from Satellite Imagery: The Example of Informal Construction in Ho Chi Minh City, 1994-2001”, with Annette M. Kim (University of Southern California).

“Housing Wealth and Consumption: Variations over the 2001-2013 period”.

“Borrowing Constraints and Homeownership over the Recent Cycle”, with Jesse Bricker (Board of Governors, Federal Reserve), Paul Calem (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia) & Susan M. Wachter (University of Pennsylvania).