Chair, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics | Professor Emeritus
Ken Rosen is chairman of the Berkeley Haas Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics; and Professor Emeritus at Berkeley Haas. He is also chairman of Rosen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm; a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute; and a member of the advisory boards of several nonprofit and for-profit entities that deal with real estate finance and development. He has authored over 100 articles and four books on real estate and real estate finance.
He was formerly the chairman and founder of Rosen Real Estate Securities LLC (RRES), and chairman, founder, and portfolio manager of Lend Lease Rosen Securities, both REIT money management firms. In addition, Rosen served as the special real estate adviser to the Davos World Economic Forum, and he was Consultant/Managing Director of Salomon Brothers’ Real Estate Research Department from 1985 to 1990.
Rosen received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA with highest honors from the University of Connecticut in 1970. He was a professor of Economics at Princeton University.
Expertise and Research Interests
- Commercial Real Estate Market
- Natural Vacancy Rate
- Mortgage Market
- Real Estate
- Housing Market
- Econometric Forecasting Model
- Price Adjustments in Real Estate Markets
- Rental Housing and Rent Control
- Kenneth T. Rosen. The Case for Preserving Costa-Hawkins: How Rent Control Reduces Property Values, Hurts Small Businesses and Limits State and Local Tax Revenue. Working Paper.
- Kenneth T. Rosen. The Case for Preserving Costa-Hawkins: Three Ways Rent Control Reduces the Supply of Rental Housing. Working Paper.
- Kenneth T. Rosen. The Case for Preserving Costa-Hawkins: Who Really Benefits from Rent Control?. Working Paper.
- Kenneth T. Rosen. The Case for Preserving Costa-Hawkins – The Potential Impacts of Rent Control on Single Family Homes. Working Paper.
- Kenneth T. Rosen, David Bank, Avani Patel, Brett Fawley, Heather Belfor, Adam Eckstein and Anisha Gade. Rebuilding the American Dream: Strategies to Sustainably Increase Homeownership. Working Paper.
- Kenneth T. Rosen. The US Housing, Mortgage and Commercial Real Estate Markets Policy and Reform Proposals. Testimony Before the U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.
- Kenneth T. Rosen. The Housing and Mortgage Market Problem: A Set of Policy Options. Policy Paper presented to the Obama Treasury Transition Team.
- Kenneth T. Rosen. Anatomy of the Housing Market Boom and Correction. Wharton Real Estate Review.
Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton
- K. Rosen, G. Kim and A. Patel. Shopping the City: Real Estate Finance and Urban Retail Development. Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy.
At Haas since 1979
1981 – 2005, Professor, Haas School of Business
1978 – 1981, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
1975 – 1978, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
1974, Assistant Professor of Economics, Boston University.
1972 – 1975, Research Associate, Joint Center for Urban Studies of MIT and Harvard University
1971, International Economic Intern, United States Treasury Department
1970 – 1971, Special Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Information, Connecticut Department of Community Affairs
1969 – 1970, Economic Analyst, Connecticut Department of Community Affairs
1968 – 1969, Research Assistant, Professor George France, University of Connecticut
- Current affiliations within Haas or UC Berkeley: Chairman, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics; Fisher Center for Real Estate Grants Committee
- Member: American Economics Association; American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association; Urban Land Institute Trustee; Real Estate Roundtable; Real Estate Forum; PREA
- Referee: American Economic Review; JMCB, Journal of Finance; Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Urban Economics; Journal of Urban and Real Estate Economics; JPE; Land Economics; National Science Foundation
- Prior Board Service: Avitar Holdings, Inc.; Board of Trustees of the Urban Land Institute (nonprofit); Golden West Financial Corporation; National Association of Business Economics – San Francisco Chapter (nonprofit); PMI Mortgage Insurance Co.; National Association of Real Estate Trusts – Investor Advisory Council (nonprofit); Bentley School (nonprofit); Chairman of UCSF Real Estate Advisory Board (nonprofit)
Koret Foundation Fellow for Study in Israel
Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, MBA Program
National Science Foundation Fellow
Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Economics
Departmental Honors Fellow in Economics
Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Phi, Lambda Alpha
Elected Treasurer and Executive Committee Member
Board of Governors, University of Connecticut
Elected to Archons
Society of Outstanding Student Leaders
- The real estate evangelist — why buy one home when you can buy 100?, Financial Times, 03/23/2022
- San Francisco Property Owners Fight Their Taxes After Covid Cooldown, Bloomberg CityLab, 11/23/2021
- What Walgreens isn’t saying: Store closures show a strategic shift to survive in the age of Amazon, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/23/2021
- San Francisco Feels a Tax-Base Chill With First Drop in 25 Years, Bloomberg, 04/29/2021
- Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf ‘really bullish’ on second half of year, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 03/19/2021
- S.F., Oakland mayors are confident the Bay Area exodus can be reversed. Here’s why, San Francisco Business Times, 02/05/2021
- Economic Forecast: Ken Rosen on what’s necessary for the Bay Area’s reinvention, San Francisco Business Times, 01/08/2021
- San Francisco’s housing market has been chaotic. Here’s what experts see coming in 2021, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/28/2020
- How the Next Administration Could Tackle Multifamily Issues, Multi-Housing News, 11/12/2020
- What the Presidential Election Means for Multifamily, Multi-Housing News, 10/02/2020
- Covid pandemic reveals the Achilles’ heel of unicorn startups, San Francisco Business Times, 06/17/2020
- In Boom-and-Bust San Francisco, Pandemic Brings Grim New Reality, Bloomberg, 05/29/2020
- An ‘Avalanche of Evictions’ Could Be Bearing Down on America’s Renters, New York Times, 05/27/2020
- ‘An induced coma’: How COVID-19 is impacting the buying and selling of homes in the East Bay, Berkeleyside, 04/30/2020
- Victims of NIMBYism, Unite, The Atlantic, 02/19/2020