New Faculty Member!

Tom Thibodeau is pleased to share that the Finance Division in the Leeds School of Business is in the process of hiring Professor Stephen B. Billings as an Associate Professor of Real Estate. Professor Billings received his PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder in May 2008. Between 2008 and 2012, he was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNC-C). Since 2012, he has been a member of the Economics faculty at UNC-C. He was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, at UNC-C in 2014. He currently serves as the Co-Director of the Childress-Klein Center for Real Estate at UNC-C.

Professor Billings’ areas of research include real estate economics, urban economics, public economics, labor economics, and the economics of crime. Professor Billings focuses his research efforts on three areas: (1) accurately measuring the influence that government policies and capital investment decisions have on property values; (2) measuring the effects that economic development policies have on business location decisions: and (3) measuring the effect that government education programs have on school outcomes and child welfare.

Professor Billings routinely advises the local Charlotte, North Carolina government on matters related to his research, helping the city form its transportation and education policies. He helps the Charlotte police department analyze crime patterns and the local school district evaluate policies affecting public education. Professor Billings frequently discusses the implications of his research with the media, having been interviewed or quoted by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, Slate Magazine, the New York Times, Outside Magazine, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and the Huffington Post.

Steve is currently teaching a graduate level course in real estate economics. During the fall 2016 semester, Steve will be teaching two undergraduate sections of Real Estate Finance and Investments and the graduate level Real Estate Economics course.

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