Wisconsin School of Business

François Ortalo-Magné

Albert O. Nicholas Dean

Dean - Office of the Dean, Real Estate & Urban Land Economics

François Ortalo-Magné is the Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business, a position he has held since 2011. Building on the school’s tradition of innovation through collaboration and expertise in applied learning, Ortalo-Magné is positioning the school to transform business education. Together with school and campus colleagues, he is advancing a bold strategy that redefines the partnership between universities and the business community in order to address business challenges, inspire leadership, and improve lives.

Prior to his current role, Ortalo-Magné served as the Robert E. Wangard Professor of Real Estate and chaired the school’s Department of Real Estate and Urban Economics. In his role as department chair, he developed an innovative partnership between the school and three leading international business schools—HEC Paris, Hong Kong UST School of Business, and INCAE Costa Rica—to deliver a new degree, the Global Real Estate Masters (GREM).

Ortalo-Magné’s research focuses on the determinant of housing prices and housing market fluctuations, and his academic papers have been published in top economics and real estate journals. He has also published books and monographs targeted at policymakers and general audiences on housing, agricultural, and environmental issues.

Ortalo-Magné has advised the French government on land use and housing policy issues as a member of the Conseil Economique du Dévelopement Durable. He was awarded the distinctions of Counselor of Real Estate (United States) and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (United Kingdom). He has been a regular keynote speaker at international real estate conferences, including MIPIM and AFIRE.

Prior to joining the Wisconsin School of Business in 2001, Ortalo-Magné was a tenured faculty member of the Economics Department at the London School of Economics. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and a Masters in Agricultural Engineering and Management (Ingénieur Agricole) from France’s Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture de Purpan in 1990.
 

Selected Published Journal Articles


Ortalo-Magné, F., & Prat, A. (2014). On the Political Economy of Urban Growth: Homeownership Versus Affordability.
Article AbstractWe study the equilibrium properties of an overlapping-generation economy where agents choose where to locate, and how much housing to own, and city residents vote on the number of new building permits every period. Under-supply of housing persists in equilibrium under conditions we characterize. City residents invest in housing because they expect their investment to be protected by a majority of voters opposed to urban growth. They vote against growth because they have invested in local housing. This vicious cycle between ownership and urban growth generates a tension between the common housing policy objectives of affordability for all and homeownership for most. Homeownership subsidies increase resistance to urban growth. Capturing the value of new building permits and distributing the proceeds to residents may move the economy away from a welfare-dominated no-growth equilibrium.
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
Davis, M., & Ortalo-Magné, F. (2011). Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents. Review of Economic Dynamics (14), 248-261. doi: 10.1016/j.red.2009.12.003.
Ortalo-Magné, F., Goodwin, B., & Mishra, A. (2011). The Buck Stops Where? The Distribution of Agricultural Subsidies. NBER Working Paper, 49.
Ortalo-Magné, F., Hendel, I., & Nevo, A. (2009). The Relative Performance of Real Estate Marketing Platforms: MLS versus FSBOMadison.com. American Economic Review (99), 1878-98. doi: 10.1257/aer.99.5.1878.
Ortalo-Magné, F., & Rady, S. (2008). Heterogeneity within Communities: A Stochastic Model with Tenure Choice. Journal of Urban Economics (64), 1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.jue.2008.01.001.
Ortalo-Magné, F., & Rady, S. (2006). Housing Market Dynamics: On the Contribution of Income Shock and Credit Constraints. Review of Economic Studies (73), 459-485. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-937X.2006.383_1.x.
Ortalo-Magné, F., & Rady, S. (2004). Housing Transactions and Macroeconomic Fluctuations: A Case Study of England and Wales. Journal of Housing Economics (13), 287-303. doi: 10.1016/j.jhe.2004.09.005.

Practitioner-Oriented Publications


Davis, M., Ortalo-Magné, F., & Rupert, P. (2007). What’s Really Happening in Housing Markets?. Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (July 2007), 4.

Presentations


AEA / AREUEA joint Session ( 2011 ) Discussion of "The Costs of Agglomeration: Land Prices in French Cities"

City University of Hong Kong - Dept of Economics ( 2010 ) "On the Political Economy of Urban Growth: Homeownership against Affordibility "

NYU Stern school of Business Finance Dept Seminar ( 2010 ) "Spatial Asset Pricing: A First Step "

Housing Urban Labor Macro Conference ( 2010 ) Discussion of " The Housing Market(s) in San Diego" by Tim Landvoigt, Monika Piazzesi, and Martin Schneider)

Wash U Olin School of Business - Dept of Economics ( 2010 ) "On the Political Economy of Urban Growth: Homeownership against Affordibility "

Workshop on Urban Economics ( 2010 ) "On the Political Economy of Urban Growth: Homeownership against Affordibility "

Workshop on Urban Economics ( 2010 ) Discussion of "The Homeownership Gap" by Andrew Haughwout, Richard Peach and Joseph Tracy

Summer Workshop in Macro Finance ( 2010 ) "Spatial Asset Pricing: A First Step "

London School of Economics - Department of Geography Seminar ( 2010 ) "On the Political Economy of Urban Growth: Homeownership against Affordibility "

INCAE Finance Dept Seminar ( 2010 ) "Spatial Asset Pricing: A First Step "

Rays of Research ( 2009 ) Housing for Smarties

Federal Reserve System Conference on Housing and Mortgage Markets ( 2008 ) Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents

University of Texas-Austin seminar ( 2008 ) Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco seminar ( 2008 ) Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy ( 2008 ) Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents

Applied Micro Seminar ( 2007 ) Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents

RSAI Annual North American Meeting ( 2007 ) Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents

University of California - Berkeley Seminar ( 2007 ) Household Expenditures, Wages, Rents


Undergraduate Courses


Valuation of Real Estate
Course DescriptionTechniques of real estate valuation. Market analysis, legal and political analysis, and highest and best use analysis; in-depth exposure to the three approaches to valuation; market comparison, income, and cost; the role of valuation in real estate investment; government regulation of appraisers.
(RES 415), Spring 2002.

Valuation of Real Estate
Course DescriptionTechniques of real estate valuation. Market analysis, legal and political analysis, and highest and best use analysis; in-depth exposure to the three approaches to valuation; market comparison, income, and cost; the role of valuation in real estate investment; government regulation of appraisers.
(RES 415), Spring 2002.

Valuation of Real Estate
Course DescriptionTechniques of real estate valuation. Market analysis, legal and political analysis, and highest and best use analysis; in-depth exposure to the three approaches to valuation; market comparison, income, and cost; the role of valuation in real estate investment; government regulation of appraisers.
(RES 415), Spring 2003.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410 Section 1), Fall 2008.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410), Fall 2001.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410), Fall 2001.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410), Fall 2002.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410), Fall 2002.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410), Fall 2003.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410), Spring 2003.

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Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410), Spring 2005.

Real Estate Finance
Course DescriptionFundamentals of real estate finance; sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, and mortgage securitization; analysis emphasizing cash flow projections, yield and risk for residential and commercial real estate; pricing of mortgage securities.
(RES 410 Section 1), Spring 2007.



Graduate Courses


Smr-Urban Land Econ PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978 Section 2), Fall 2008.

Seminar-Urban Land Economics PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978), Fall 2004.

Seminar-Urban Land Economics PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978), Spring 2004.

Seminar-Urban Land Economics PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978), Spring 2005.

Seminar-Urban Land Economics PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978), Fall 2005.

Seminar-Urban Land Economics PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978), Spring 2006.

Seminar-Urban Land Economics PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978), Fall 2006.

Seminar-Urban Land Economics PhD
Course DescriptionContinuation of Urb R Pl/Real Est 977.
(RES 978 Section 1), Spring 2007.

Contemporary Topics (RES 765 Section 1), Spring 2009.

Contemporary Topics (RES 765 Section 1), Spring 2010.

Contemporary Topics (RES 765), Fall 2009.

Contemporary Topics (RES 765 Section 2), Spring 2007.

Contemporary Topics (RES 765 Section 2), Spring 2008.



Combined Undergraduate & Graduate Courses


International Real Estate
Course DescriptionAnalysis of international real estate and related transaction issues, especially in foreign countries which are visited as a part of the course; survey of land use patterns and regulations, ownership rights, types of leases, transfer procedures, mortgage system, tax matters, currency risks, and geographical diversification issues.
(RES/RES 730/430), Spring 2004.

International Real Estate
Course DescriptionAnalysis of international real estate and related transaction issues, especially in foreign countries which are visited as a part of the course; survey of land use patterns and regulations, ownership rights, types of leases, transfer procedures, mortgage system, tax matters, currency risks, and geographical diversification issues.
(INT/RES 430/430), Spring 2005.

International Real Estate
Course DescriptionAnalysis of international real estate and related transaction issues, especially in foreign countries which are visited as a part of the course; survey of land use patterns and regulations, ownership rights, types of leases, transfer procedures, mortgage system, tax matters, currency risks, and geographical diversification issues.
(INT/RES 730/730), Spring 2005.

International Real Estate
Course DescriptionAnalysis of international real estate and related transaction issues, especially in foreign countries which are visited as a part of the course; survey of land use patterns and regulations, ownership rights, types of leases, transfer procedures, mortgage system, tax matters, currency risks, and geographical diversification issues.
(RES/INT 730/ 73), Spring 2006.

International Real Estate
Course DescriptionAnalysis of international real estate and related transaction issues, especially in foreign countries which are visited as a part of the course; survey of land use patterns and regulations, ownership rights, types of leases, transfer procedures, mortgage system, tax matters, currency risks, and geographical diversification issues.
(RES/INT 730/730 Section 1), Spring 2007.

International Real Estate
Course DescriptionAnalysis of international real estate and related transaction issues, especially in foreign countries which are visited as a part of the course; survey of land use patterns and regulations, ownership rights, types of leases, transfer procedures, mortgage system, tax matters, currency risks, and geographical diversification issues.
(RES/INT 730/730 Section 1), Spring 2008.



Learning/Teaching Oriented Publications


Ortalo-Magné, F. (2011). Trading Frictions and House Price Dynamics. Journal of Money Credit and Banking (43), 305-309. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-4616.2011.00436.x.
Ortalo-Magné, F., , H., & , N. (2007). One city's Home Sellers Do Better on Their Own. American Economic Review
Ortalo-Magné, F., Rust, J., & Merlo, A. The Home Selling Problem: Theory and Evidence.

Professional Organizations


Counselors of Real Estate

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Council of Economic Advisors tothe French Ministry of the Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transports and Housing


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François Ortalo-Magné

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