Professor Emeritus | Maurice Mann Chair in Real Estate | Co-Chair, Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics
Real Estate


Robert Edelstein holds the Maurice Mann Chair in Real Estate and is the co-director of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Development at Berkeley Haas. He is the author of the book, “Explaining the Boom Cycle, Speculation or Fundamentals? The Role of Real Estate in the Asian Crisis.”

Edelstein has served as a consultant to the Philadelphia Finance Department, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Housing Development Corporation of New York City, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He served as president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association in 1996.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Urban Real Estate
  • Urban Real Estate Economics and Urban Financial Problems
  • Property Taxation and the Role of the Public Sector
  • Inter-linkages, Securitization and Globalization of Real Estate Asset Markets
  • Design of Optimal Mortgage Debt Instruments and Variable-rate Mortgages
  • Macroeconomic Determinants of Housing Construction
  • Impacts of Inflation and Deflation on Real Estate Values
  • Determinants of US and International Real Estate Asset Cycles