Paavo Monkkonen

Paavo Monkkonen

Associate Professor of Urban Planning


MPP, Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles;
PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Interest:

Housing, International Development, Latin America, Spatial Analysis, Urban Economics, Urban Public Finance


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Paavo Monkkonen is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

He teaches courses on housing markets and policy, applied microeconomics, research methods, global urban segregation, and a planning studio in Tijuana, Mexico. He studies the way housing policies shape urban development and segregation in cities around the world. More specifically, he researches housing finance policy, land use regulations, socioeconomic segregation, land titling programs, household formation, and property taxation.

Much of his research is in Mexico, where he has also worked as a consultant on national housing and urban policy. Dr. Monkkonen has also worked in Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, and the United States. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of the American Planning Association, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, the Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban EconomicsUrban StudiesLand Use Policy, and EURE – Revista latinoamericana de estudios urbano regionales.

In recent years, Dr. Monkkonen has received research funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Regional Studies Association, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the UCLA Ziman Center, the UCLA Asia Institute, the Global Development Network, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the University Grants Council of Hong Kong. Current projects include a comparative analysis of socio-economic segregation in over 600 cities in 13 countries, an exploratory examination of the relationship between neighborhood social mix and social networks in Hong Kong, an evaluation of the impact of the expansion of housing finance on the geographic scale of segregation in Mexican cities, a study of the impacts of the housing boom and bust on the spending decisions of local governments in the United States, and a white paper on overcoming NIMBYism in California.

Dr. Monkkonen completed a Master of Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He was previously Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Hong Kong.

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Do Strict Land Use Regulations make Metropolitan Areas more Segregated by Income?
Michael Lens and Paavo Monkkonen. 2016
Journal of the American Planning Association, 82(1) 6-21.

How Economic Development Shapes Household Structure and the Age of Leaving Home and Household Formation: Evidence from 67 countries
Big Microdata. Monkkonen, Paavo. 2015. UCLA Ziman Center Working Paper 2015-07.

State Owned Enterprises in China’s Housing Boom: A Case Study of Chengdu, Sichuan
Monkkonen, Paavo, Guoying Deng, and Wanyang Hu. 2015
UCLA Ziman Center Working Paper 2015-10.

The Role of Housing Finance in Mexico’s Vacancy Crisis
Monkkonen, Paavo. 2014
UCLA Ziman Center Working Paper 2014-22.

Land Use Regulations and the Value of Land and Housing: An Intra-Metropolitan Analysis
Kok, Nils, Paavo Monkkonen and John M. Quigley.
Journal of Urban Economics

Innovative Measurement of Spatial Segregation: Comparative Evidence from Hong Kong and San Francisco.
Monkkonen, Paavo and Xiaohu Zhang.
Regional Science and Urban Economics

Land Use Regulations, Compliance, and Land Markets in Argentina
Monkkonen, Paavo and Lucas Roconi.
Urban Studies

Housing Finance Reform and Increasing Socioeconomic Segregation in Mexico
Monkkonen, Paavo. 2012
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 36(4): 757-772.

Economic Restructuring, Urban Growth, and Short-term Trades: The Spatial Dynamics of the Hong Kong Housing Market, 1992-2008
Monkkonen, Paavo, Kelvin SK Wong, and Jaclene Begley. 2012
Regional Science and Urban Economics 42(3): 396-406.

La segregación residencial en el México urbano: Niveles y patrones 
Monkkonen, Paavo. 2012.
EURE-Revista latinoamericana de estudios urbano regionales 38(114): 125-146.

The Demand for Land Regularization: Theory and Evidence from Tijuana, Mexico
Monkkonen, Paavo. 2012
Urban Studies 49(2): 270-287.

The Housing Transition in Mexico: Expanding Access to Housing Finance
Monkkonen, Paavo. 2011
Urban Affairs Review 47(5): 672-695.


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