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Luis A. Lopez

Assistant Professor

Stuart Handler Department of Real Estate


Building & Room:

UH 2205


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 355-8215


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Luis A. Lopez has been an Assistant Professor in the Stuart Handler Department of Real Estate in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 2019. His work has been published in prominent academic journals, including the Review of Financial Studies, Real Estate Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Professor Lopez obtained his PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate from Penn State University. Dr. Lopez’s most recent research projects have explored racial discrimination in mortgage and appraisal markets, the effects of government interventions such as the Paycheck Protection Program on commercial mortgage markets, the impact of landlords’ financing decisions on evictions and the real economy, and the role of brokers in residential markets. Prior to his doctoral studies, he held the position of Data Analyst for the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Realty Technician (STEP) for the Bureau of Land Management, and Real Estate agent for a boutique firm in Las Vegas. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Economics from UNLV.

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PhD in Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, May 2019
MA in Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, December 2012
BA in Economics, Minor in Political Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, December 2010

Professional Memberships

  • American Finance Association
  • American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association
  • American Real Estate Society
  • Financial Management Association

Research Currently in Progress

  • "Do Appraiser and Borrower Race Affect Mortgage Collateral Valuation?,'' with Brent W. Ambrose, James N. Conklin, N. Edward Coulson, and Moussa Diop (Available at SSRN).
  • "Air Pollution and Rent Prices: Evidence from Wildfire Smoke Plumes,'' with Nitzan Tzur-Ilan (Available at SSRN).
  • Credit Market Spillover Effects to the Real Economy: Evidence from Rental Housing Evictions,'' with Brent W. Ambrose and Xudong An (Available at SSRN).