MBA Annual General Session: Housing Market and Policy Trends with Prof. Susan Wachter

On Oct. 17 at MBA Annual, University of Pennsylvania Professor Susan Wachter, an expert in housing finance and real estate and urban economics, will discuss the latest data and trends in homeownership, housing supply, affordability and other market trends impacting your business.

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Susan M. Wachter, Professor of Real Estate and Finance, University of Pennsylvania

Susan Wachter is Sussman Professor and Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998 to 2001, she served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the senior urban policy official and Principal Advisor to the Secretary. During her tenure at HUD, Wachter’s office was responsible for the New Markets Tax Credit, the major legislative initiative for urban revitalization, with the goal of attracting private capital into low-income communities.

At The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, she was Chairperson of the Real Estate Department and Professor of Real Estate and Finance from July 1997 until her 1998 appointment to HUD. At Penn, she co-founded and currently is Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. She also founded and currently serves as Director of Wharton’s Geographical Information Systems Lab. She was the editor of Real Estate Economics from 1997 to 1999 and currently serves on the editorial boards of several real estate journals.

Wachter is the author of more than 200 scholarly publications and the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence at The Wharton School and recipient of the Quigley Medal in 2022 for contributions to the real estate field. Her edited volume, Fair Housing, was published by Penn Press in 2021. Previous volumes include Shared Prosperity in America’s Communities and Neighborhoods and Life Chances.

Wachter has served on multiple for-profit and not-for-profit boards, including the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee of Fannie Mae and the Office of Financial Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Treasury and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce. She frequently comments on national media and testifies to Congress on U.S. housing policy.