D. Sam Chandan, PhD is the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment and dean of NYU's Schack Institute of Real Estate. He is also founder of Chandan Economics, an economic advisory and data science firm serving the institutional real estate industry, a contributor to Forbes, and host of the Urban Lab Podcast and the Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM Business Radio, the latter airing in special editions.


Dean Chandan's commentary on commercial and residential real estate markets and the broader economy has been featured regularly in national and global press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CNBC, and Bloomberg. Among his recent publications, he is the editor and co-author of Real Estate Financing, published by PEI, and the lead investigator for Regulatory Design and Real Outcomes, a major study on the regulation of commercial real estate lending commissioned by the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC).


Dean Chandan's applied research is focused on commercial real estate capital markets and risk analytics, as well as long term changes in space use patterns and the impact of these changes on cities. Dean Chandan presents regular updates on commercial real estate lending trends to US and global regulators, including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He holds an honorary appointment as the Economist Laureate of the Real Estate Lenders Association and has served on the real estate advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.


Dean Chandan received his PhD in Applied Economics from the Wharton School and was a Doctoral Scholar in the Economics Department at Princeton University. In addition to real estate, his academic work has focused on issues relating to school access, poverty reduction, and development economics. In addition to his doctorate, he holds graduate degrees in economics and engineering and an undergraduate degree in economics, finance, and public policy.


Dean Chandan was previously the Laurence and Susan Hirsch Adjunct Associate Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School and a visiting professor on the faculty of the Economics Department at Dartmouth College. Prior to founding Chandan Economics, Dean Chandan was Global Chief Economist and Executive Vice President at Real Capital Analytics (RCA). During his tenure as Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at Reis (NASDAQ:REIS), he was part of the executive team that took the company public.

Academic Credentials (In Order of Precedence)

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Applied Economics, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Doctoral Scholar, Economics Department, Princeton University (2002-2003)

  • Master of Public Health, Epidemiology (MPH), Yale School of Public Health (Division of the Yale School of Medicine), Yale University (In Progress)

  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE), School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

  • Master of Arts in Managerial Science and Applied Economics (MA), The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSc)The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Learned and Professional Societies

Membership by Election

Anglo-American Real Property Institute (AAPRI), Member

Real Estate Research Institute (RERI), Fellow

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Eminent Fellow

Current Advisory and

Editorial Board Appointments

Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, Editorial Board

GlobeSt.com; Editorial Advisory Board

Multi Housing News Magazine, Editorial Board

Real Estate Finance, Editorial Board

Real Estate Lenders Association, Economist Laureate

Past Advisory and

Editorial Board Appointments

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Real Estate Advisory Board

National Investment Center for Seniors Housing, Research Advisory Board

Property and Technology Firm Affiliations and Investments


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