Paavo Monkkonen is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He teaches courses on housing markets and policy, applied microeconomics, research methods, and global urban segregation. The focus of his research is how housing policies shape urban development and segregation in cities around the world. More specifically, he has studied housing finance policy, land use regulations, socioeconomic segregation, land regularization and titling programs, household formation, and property taxation. Much of his research on these topics is in Mexico, where he has also worked as a consultant for various organizations on national housing and urban policy. Dr. Monkkonen has also studied these topics in Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, and the United States. His work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, the Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Urban Studies, Land 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 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, and a study of the impacts of the housing boom and bust on the spending decisions of local governments in the United States.
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.