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Anthony W. Orlando

Anthony Orlando conducts research at the intersection of real estate, finance, and public policy. He is trained as a microeconomist, blending the insights of urban economics and financial economics. At the core of this research agenda is a focus on economic and racial inequalities.


In real estate, Orlando is best known for his work on housing supply and housing affordability. His latest book, Keeping Races in Their Places, explores the policies that have led to large homeownership and wealth gaps between Black and White Americans—and suggests policies that could close these gaps. In his latest academic publications, he is using new theoretical and methodological approaches to document and understand the growing shortage of housing in urban markets across the country. Many of his papers have evaluated potential solutions, including the construction and preservation of small-to-medium multifamily housing, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and changes in building height limits. Combining his expertise in both finance and public policy, he is investigating how the housing affordability crisis is contributed to income inequality more broadly. He is also working on issues of inequity in the health care market which can result in privacy violations, discrimination, and lack of access to affordable treatment, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. He has proposed new oversight mechanisms and subsidy targeting to protect vulnerable patients and consumers from these potential harms.

Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Visiting Scholar, 2019-present
  • Cal Poly Pomona, College of Business Administration, Donor’s Scholar of Analytics, $15,000 (2019-present)
  • University of Southern California, Bedrosian Center for Governance and the Public Enterprise Faculty Affiliate (2018-present)
  • University of Southern California, Political Institutions and Political Economy Collaborative Faculty Affiliate (2018-present)
  • University of Southern California, Graduate School Fellowship, $30,000 (2017-18)
  • University of Southern California, Bedrosian Center for Governance and the Public Enterprise & Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS Research Grant, $5,000 (2017)
  • University of Southern California, Lusk Center for Real Estate Research Grant, $10,000 (2015)

Selected Publications:



B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania
M.Sc., Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science
Ph.D., Public Policy & Management, University of Southern California



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