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Ed Coulson

Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Real Estate

N. Edward Coulson teaches in the area of Economics and Public Policy and serves in the school’s Center for Real Estate.

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban Economics
  • Real Estate
  • Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Housing Economics


UCI Paul Merage School of Business welcomed prominent Professor of Economics N. Edward Coulson into our faculty in 2016. He teaches in the area of Economics and Public Policy and serves in the school’s Center for Real Estate as Director of Research. In this capacity, Coulson advances the real estate program’s agenda of excellence in teaching, research and professional outreach.

Coulson received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and a PhD from UC San Diego, where he studied under the direction of Nobel Laureate Robert Engle. He previously served as professor of Economics and director of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to UNLV, he served as professor of Economics and King Faculty Fellow in Real Estate at The Pennsylvania State University where he had been a member of the faculty since 1984 and had received numerous outstanding teaching awards.

Among the many topics Professor Coulson has done research on are: the mismeasurement of rent in the Consumer Price Index, and its implications for macroeconomic policy; the bias in residential appraisals; the impact of homeownership on people’s lives and neighborhoods; home prices; multifamily housing and its management; historic districts; the relationship between REITs and other asset markets; and many others. His co-edited book Energy Efficiency and the Future of Real Estate was published by Palgrave Press in 2017,

In addition to his extensive research, Coulson has served as co-editor of numerous journals and served as president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) in 2016.


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University of California, San Diego

PhD, Economics, 1983

University of California, Riverside

BSc, Economics, 1977


  • George Bloom Award for Lifetime Service
  • Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award


  • Journal of Regional Science : Editor
  • Journal of Housing Economics : Editor
  • Real Estate Economics : Editorial Board
  • Journal of Urban Economics : Editorial Board
  • Regional Science and Urban Economics : Editorial Board