More than 100 researchers, policymakers and industry professionals from Atlanta, the U.S. and around the world recently convened at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for two events. One was an academic conference on real estate finance and household finance; the other was an industry forum about how residential and commercial real estate markets are faring in the aftermath of the dramatic boom and bust cycle of the last decade. Robinson’s Department of Real Estate and the Atlanta Fed’s Center for Real Estate Analytics sponsored the meetings.
Scholars from within the Federal Reserve system and researchers from U.S. and international universities participated in a two-day academic conference on real estate finance, discussing papers on subjects including residential mortgage-backed securities, government intervention in the mortgage market, technological advances, borrower behavior, and foreclosure, among other topics. Program committee members were Shane Sherlund of the Federal Reserve Board, Kristopher Gerardi and Scott Frame of the Atlanta Fed, Robinson’s Vincent Yao, Gonzalo Maturana of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and Jim Conklin of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
A half-day real estate industry forum featured panel discussions with chief economists and commercial real estate executives. Carl Hudson of the Center for Real Estate Analytics and Robinson’s Vincent Yao co-chaired the forum.
Participants at both events attended a joint lunch, at which Egbert Perry, chair and CEO of Integral, and chair of the board of Fannie Mae, delivered the keynote address.