Paavo Monkkonen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he teaches courses on housing markets and policy, applied microeconomics, research methods, and global urban segregation. His research focuses on five areas: housing policy with an emphasis on low-income housing, the role of finance, policy, and economic development in the changing spatial structures of cities, land use regulations and their impacts on housing markets, the regularization of informally developed neighborhoods, and property taxation, and is international in scope, having covered Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. His work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Urban Studies, Housing Policy Debate, Land Use Policy, and EURE – Revista latinoamericana de estudios urbano regionales. A list of publications can be found here.
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 household formation across over 50 countries, an analysis of urban development impacts of land value taxation, a survey of the vacant housing crisis in Mexico, and a project on the impacts of the housing boom 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. His dissertation research, funded by fellowships from Fullbright-Hays, the North American Regional Science Council and UC MEXUS, analyzed how the reform of Mexico’s provident fund housing finance system transformed access to housing, the homebuilding industry, urban growth patterns, and the socio-spatial structure of cities. Entitled The Housing Transition in Mexico: Local Impacts of National Policy, it was the winner of the 2010 Aareal Award for Excellence in Real Estate Research from the Real Estate Management Institute of the European Business School. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong.