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Sam Chandan is Director of the Center for Real Estate Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business, home to the school’s applied real estate research initiatives, industry and policy engagement, and undergraduate and MBA real estate programs, the latter ranked #2 among business schools by US News and World Report.

Prior to joining the Stern faculty in February 2022, Dr. Chandan was the Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair and academic dean of the Schack Institute of Real Estate at the NYU School of Professional Studies. 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 on Apple Podcasts.


Among his diversity and inclusion initiatives, Dr. Chandan is Global Chair of the Real Estate Pride Council, an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender leaders in the professions of the built environment, and a member of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC). In 2017, he founded the National Symposium of Women in Real Estate (WIRE), which has since grown into one of the industry’s largest annual mentorship forums connecting senior executives and early-career women in real estate.

A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH), and the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI), and a Contributing Member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Dr. Chandan’s multifaceted applied research interests address real estate capital market, urban epidemiology, and the preparedness of global cities and other systemically important urban areas in managing and mitigating novel public health threats. 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.

While serving as dean of the Schack Institute, Dr. Chandan secured the largest gift commitment in the program’s 54-year history to support the creation of a new center in Shanghai and founded the NYU SPS CREFC Center for Real Estate Finance in collaboration with the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council.. A first among academic real estate programs, he created endowed scholarships for the advancement of women in real estate, LGBTQ+ persons in real estate, and for graduate students who attended a Historically Black College or University (HCBU) for their undergraduate degree.

Dr. Chandan holds editorial board appointments with the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; Real Estate Finance; Commercial Real Estate Finance World; and, Summit Journal. He currently serves as a chair of the International Well Building Institute’s Health Equity Advisory Board.

Prior to founding Chandan Economics, he was the Global Chief Economist at Real Capital Analytics (RCA). During his tenure as Chief Economist at Reis, now part of Moody’s Analytics, 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

  • Master of Science, Infectious Diseases (MSc), University of London (In Progress)

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

  • Master of Arts, 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


Membership by Election or Admission

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Eminent Fellow

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), Fellow

Real Estate Research Institute (RERI), Fellow

Learned and Professional Societies

Membership by Election or Admission

American Association for Microbiology, Contributing Member

Association for Real Property and Infrastructure, Member

Current Academic Journal Appointments

Real Estate Finance, Editorial Board

Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, Lead Editor

Current Advisory and

Editorial Board Appointments

Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, Editorial Board; Editorial Advisory Board

Multi Housing News Magazine, Editorial Board

Real Estate Lenders Association, Economist Laureate

Public Health and Medicine

International Well Building Institute, Chair, Health Equity Advisory

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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