Professor Albert Saiz is the Daniel Rose Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Real Estate, and formerly Director of the MIT Center for Real Estate (2014–2018).
Professor Saiz serves as the Director of MIT’s Urban Economics Lab, which conducts research on real estate economics, urban economics, housing markets, local public finance, zoning regulations, global real estate, and demographic trends affecting urban and real estate development worldwide.
He teaches in both the MIT Urban Planning and Real Estate programs.
Before joining MIT, Saiz was a Research Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and an award-winning Assistant Professor of Real Estate and Economics in the MBA Core Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Saiz currently serves as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Analysis of Labor (IZA – Bonn, Germany); a Board Member at the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and as a Research Advisor for Buildzoom.com. He is also an Editor of the Journal of Housing Economics.
He holds a BA in economics from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (1995) and a PhD in economics from Harvard University (2002).