The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 229–246 | Cite as

World Ranking of Real Estate Research: Recent Changes in School Competitiveness and Research Institutions



Real estate programs are ranked based upon page counts of articles published in three major real estate journals. The page counts are employed to capture many variations in the length of articles. For each author, his/her most recent affiliation is used to evaluate the school competitiveness of current faculty members rather than a perceived school reputation of the past. In this study, we find that top-tier schools in real estate research are not necessarily the most famous schools in economics and finance; progressive universities specializing in real estate research hold the top ranks. Furthermore, school competitiveness has changed substantially in the United States. The changes are mainly because of a mobility of faculty members. The results also show that U.S. institutions dominate research in real estate.


World ranking Real estate research School competitiveness 

JEL Classifications

A10 A14 A20 



We wish to thank C.F. Sirmans (Editor), an anonymous referee of the journal, David Ahlstrom, Johnny Chan, and Charles Leung for their comments and suggestions. We also thank Olivia Yu, Ben Wong, Fey Zou, Melissa Liu, Sangyeon Cho, and Lihong Yun for their careful assistance in data collection. Remaining errors are our own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial EconomicsChinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of Economics and FinanceCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong

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