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  NUS-IRES China Real Estate Entrepreneurs Executive Training Program
On 13th Nov 2015, IRES hosted and delivered a Real Estate Entrepreneurs Executive Training Program customized to the requirements of the China Index Academy and its delegates, comprising of real estate developers and property management companies. The China Index Academy is an independent property research organization which provides property/land data and generates key market insights for its customers. The China Index Academy forms part of publicly listed Soufun which operates a leading real estate Internet portal in China.

  NUS-IRES-CLC Joint Public Lecture
The NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) jointly organized a public lecture on 12th November, titled: “Lessons from 2008-2015: How Should Governments and Private Developers Manage Real Estate Cycles?” The lecture, held at Hotel Jen Tanglin, saw an overwhelming response of close to 300 attendees, comprising a good diverse mix of industry leaders, experts from the academia/think tanks, and policy makers from various government agencies.

  China's New Urbanization Forum Series
On the morning of October 10, 2015, The Inaugural Session of China's New Urbanization Forum Series, namely Innovations in China's New Urbanization: Opportunities and Challenges was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Zhejiang University Zijingang Campus. This event was initiated by the Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) GLP Research Center, National University of Singapore and was jointly organized by the Zhejiang University and Soochow University.

  Ecosperity Young Leaders’ Dialogue
The NUS School of Design and Environment (SDE) and the NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) jointly collaborated in organizing the Young Leaders’ Dialogue (YLD). The YLD is a track organised under the broad umbrella of Ecosperity 2015, a global forum on ‘Urbanisation: Developing Cities for a Sustainable Future’. Ecosperity 2015 is organised by Temasek, who is also the sponsor of the YLD event.

  Establishment of Lum Chang Professorship
IRES has established a new Professorship focusing on the sustainable built environment in honour of the late Mr Lum Chang of the Lum Chang Group and his many contributions to society. Named the Lum Chang Professorship, the endowment fund is supported by a generous pledged gift of $2 million by the Executive Chairman of Lum Chang Holdings Mr Raymond Lum, Managing Director Mr David Lum and the Group’s construction arm Lum Chang Building Contractors.

  Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research, 16th EBS Real Estate Conference 2015
Professor Deng Yongheng 's paper, co-authored with with Erik Devos, Shofiqur Rahman and Desmond Tsang won the Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research in the 16th EBS Real Estate Conference, Germany. Read more about the paper. “The Role of Debt Covenants in the Investment Grade Bond Market – The REIT Experiment”

  Best Paper Award, 3rd level, AsRES 2015 Annual Conference 2015
Associate Professor Sing Tien Foo won the Best Paper Award, 3rd level, AsRES 2015 Annual Conference 2015 with the paper--“Are Chinese House Buyers Superstitious? Evidence from Housing Transactions during Hungry Ghost Months in Singapore”.

  Two papers published in American Economic Review
IRES researcher Low Tuck Kwong Professor, Prof Sumit Agarwal with coauthor Assistant Prof. Wenlan Qian have recently published two papers in American Economic Review.
"The Composition Effect of Consumption around Retirement: Evidence from Singapore"
"Consumption and Debt Response to Unanticipated Income Shocks: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Singapore"

  Best Paper Awards, 3rd level, in the Global Real Estate Summit, AsRES 2015 Annual Conference
Associate Professor Tu Yong's paper, co-authored with Wang Yourong and Li Wenbin, entitled “Neighborhood Land-use Patterns and Housing Prices in Beijing” won the Best Paper Awards.

  Establishment of BEMA & NUS Real Estate Scholarships
The Building and Estate Management Alumni (BEMA) 22nd Executive Committee has committed to make a $25,000 donation in support of the Department of Real Estate’s (DRE) scholarship initiative. To commemorate the establishment of this scholarship, the gift was officially presented to DRE at BEMA’s fundraising Golf Dinner and Prize Presentation Ceremony on the 24th of June at the Raffles Country Club.

  NUS-IRES Policy Forum
NUS IRES organized a Policy Forum titled “Effectiveness of Property Market Policies in Singapore and Around the World” on 25th May 2015 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. This forum brought together leading experts from the industry and the academia to provide the business community with up-to-date insights and in-depth opinions on property market policies.

  NUS-IRES Research Symposium 2015
The NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) organized its sixth international symposium on May 22-23, 2015 in Singapore. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Lessons learnt, missed opportunities, history repeating itself: US housing crisis and implications for Asia”. This two-day symposium featured paper presentations and discussions on issues of real estate and housing markets and major policy shifts.

  Funding from the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI)
Assoc. Prof Joseph Ooi and his PhD student, Xu Ruoran, together with Prof David Ling from the University of Florida, have been awarded research funding from the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) for their research proposal “Asset Growth and Stock Performance: Evidence from REITs” in May 2015.

  Outstanding Service Award
An illustrious alumnus lauded – Prof Seek Ngee Huat received an Outstanding Service Award.

  Best paper awards at the American Real Estate Society’s 31st Annual Meeting
Assoc. Prof Joseph Ooi won two best paper awards at the American Real Estate Society’s 31st Annual Meeting in Ft. Myers, Florida. Some 255 papers were presented at the conference. Each award comes with a prize money of US$1,000.

  NUS-IRES Public Lecture - "What is behind the Disappointing Growth Worldwide After the Financial Crisis?"
Professor Kiyohiko G. Nishimura, Dean of the Graduate School of Economics and Chairman of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo will be giving public lecture on the causes of the disappointing growth worldwide after the financial crisis.

  SDE Greater Good Series 2015
This year, the GGS forum was held on 13 March at the Marriott Hotel.The debate for this forum centred on the topic “Are Real Estate Price Indices Reliable?” Prof. Heng Chye Kiang kicked off the session by giving the opening address. This forum brought together a panel of distinguished speakers, Prof. Daniel McMillen, Mr Alan Cheong, Dr Lee Nai Jia and Dr Chua Yang Liang.

  Forthcoming papers
7 forthcoming papers by Low Tuck Kwong Professor, Prof Sumit Agarwal since January 2015

  5th Annual Conference of Real Estate Industry in China
IRES Director, Professor Deng Yongheng, was invited to give the keynote speech at the 5th Annual Conference of Real Estate Industry in China, held in Sanya City, Hainan Island, China.

  AREUEA Presidential Speech
Singaporean universities contribute about 40% of recent rising trend of publications on Asian topics in the top-tier real estate finance and urban economics journals – said Professor Deng Yongheng at his AREUEA Presidential Speech in Boston on 4 Jan, 2015.

  Opening of Global Logistic Properties (GLP) Research Centre
A discussion forum on the role of logistics and infrastructure development in the urban Master Plan was organised by the NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES) to commemorate the official opening of its Global Logistic Properties (GLP) Research Centre in Suzhou, China. This forum was held on 27 Oct 2014 at the NUS Research Institute (NUSRI) in Suzhou, where the GLP Research Centre resides in.


DTZ Research Institute Award for Academic Innovation 2014
Prof Liow Kim Hiang's paper with Schindler, F entitled "Linkages and Volatility Spillover Effects Between Office Markets in Europe" had won the DTZ Research Institute Award for Academic Innovation 2014.

  Launch Event of Chinese Residential Land Price Indexes(CRLPI)
The Institute of Real Estate Studies, National University of Singapore, Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the Hang Lung Center for Real Estate of Tsinghua University jointly launched the NUS-Wharton-Tsinghua Chinese Residential Land Price Indexes (CRLPI) on 1 September 2014, in Beijing, China. More @ NUS News


American Economic Review Acceptance / Papers & Proceedings
“Consumption and Debt Response to Unanticipated Income Shocks: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Singapore” by Prof Sumit Agarwal & Asst Prof Qian Wen Lan.
“The composition effect of consumption around retirement: Evidence from Singapore” by Prof Sumit Agarwal & Asst Prof Qian Wen Lan (with Pan, J.), forthcoming American Economic Review – Papers and Proceeding

  Best Paper Award in the 2014 China International Conference in Finance (CICF)
Professor Deng Yongheng's paper, co-authored with Xin Liu and Shang-jin Wei, entitled “One Fundamental and two taxes: When does a Tobin Tax reduce financial price volatility?” won the best paper award in the 2014 China International Conference in Finance (CICF), held during 10-13 Jul in Chengdu, China.

  Quarterly Journal of Economics Acceptance
Professor Sumit Agarwal's paper with Chomsisengphet, S., N. Mahoney and J. Stroebel entitled "Regulating Consumer Financial Products: Evidence from the Card Act" had been accepted at the Quarterly Journal of Economics (QJE).

  Public Lecture
NUS Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice) Liew Mun Leong presented the first public lecture on “Globalisation of Real Estate - The CapitaLand Experience” in conjunction with the celebration of its 45th year anniversary of Department of Real Estate, NUS on 24 April 2014. The public lecture held at the NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House was attended by more than 150 participants including industry partners, alumni and students.

  Greater Good Series Lecture
Prof Wang Shi, Founding Chairman of Vanke Co, Ltd, was the distinguished speaker who spoke on green development in China at the GGS on 16 April at the Shangri-La Hotel. The GGS event also featured a panel session chaired by Dr Seek Ngee Huat, Chairman of the IRES Board. The panel comprising industry veterans and academics discussed on the topic “the evolution of the real estate industry over the 45 years: retrospective and prospective”

  IRES-DRE Public Forum on “The Growth Story of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Since the emergence of the first REIT in Singapore in 2002, Singapore’s REIT (S-REIT) market has grown rapidly over the years. Today, there are 37 listed REITs on Singapore Exchange with a cumulative market capitalization of approximately S$47billion. This public forum will facilitate the cross-sharing of ideas and knowledge between distinguished academics and industry experts on topics that are relevant to the global market today.

  IRES Researcher, Assoc Prof Sumit Agarwal has been appointed as the Editor of Real Estate Economics
Real Estate Economics is the publication of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA). The journal started in 1973 and is the premier and oldest academic for the real estate industry. Prof Agarwalt is the first professor in Asia to be appointed for this prestigious position in the history of the journal.

  IRES and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific Signed MOU in Shanghai, 6th Jun 2013
IRES signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Urban Land Institute Asia Pacific on 6 Jun 2013 at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai, attended by about 400 industry leaders from Asia's real estate, financial sector and governmental organisations. This MOU strengthens the international collaboration between NUS IRES and ULI on future research, publications and international knowledge sharing events.

IRES Research Won Best Paper Award at the 2013 Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES) International Conference : Kyoto June 28 - July 1, 2013
IRES Researchers Asst Prof Wen-chi Liao and Assoc Prof Yuming Fu won the best paper award for their research on "What Drives the Geographic Concentration of College Graduates in the US: Evidence from Internal Migration".

  IRES Research Won Best Paper Award at The 5th Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC) : July 5-7, 2013 in Beijing
IRES Director Prof Yongheng Deng, Tsinghua's Prof Wu Jing and Wharton's Prof Joseph Gyourko jointly won the best paper award for their research - "Is There Evidence of a Real Estate Collateral Channel Effect on Listed Firm Investment in China?"

  NBER Digest, May 2013, Published IRES Researcher, Assoc Prof Sumit Agarwal's paper - "Did the Community Reinvestment Act Lead to Risky Lending?"
Researcher, Assoc Prof Sumit Agarwal's research work "Did the Community Reinvestment Act Lead to Risky Lending?" has been summarized in NBER Digest May 2013. The NBER Digest is a monthly publication that summarizes a very small number of recent and newsworthy NBER Working Papers for publication.

  American Economic Review and American Economic Journal published IRES Researcher, Prof Sumit Agarwal's research reports
IRES Researcher Sumit Agarwal, research report, "The Spending and Debt Response to Minimum Wage Hikes" was the lead article in American Economic Review, Dec 2012. "Cognitive Abilities and Household Financial Decision Making," was featured in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Jan 2013, and "Learning in the Credit Card Market," was published in in the American Economic Review.

  IRES Director, Prof Deng Yongheng, Spoke at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)'s "China Perspectives" Seminar on "How Risky is China's Housing Market", 14 May 2013
Prof Deng was invited to address MAS' officials at its "China Perspectives" seminar series. The series was conceived out of a need to gather new insights into the complex and perpetually evolving Chinese economy. At this seminar, Prof Deng shared IRES groundbreaking research that China underestimated house price increases in major cities, China's urban land system, the factors driving house price movement and government intervention impact on China's house prices, as well as issues of real estate and macroeconomic risks.

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Professor Deng Yongheng is invited to be a council member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Real Estate & Urban Development.  More

Professor Ong Seow Eng is invited to be a Fellow candidate of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics for 2010-2011  More

Post doctoral honoree of the Homer Hoyt Institute, the Maury Seldin Advanced Studies Institute and the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics.  More

Dr Qian Wenlan's paper was chosen for the 'Best Paper Award' at the recent Joint International Conference of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and Asian Real Estate Society   More
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I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professorship, Department of Economics, Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley 

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Martin Bucksbaum Professor of Real Estate and Finance, Real Estate and Finance Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Professor James D. Shilling
Michael J. Horne Chair in Real Estate Studies, Department of Finance, DePaul University

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