Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Housing- Urban-Labor-Macro (HULM) Conference
March 4th and 5th 2011 at the Atlanta Fed




Questions?  Call/Text Chris at 404 664 3602 or email chris.cunningham@atl.frb.org, or Erwan at 608 957 6781 or email equintin@bus.wisc.edu.




For a list of attendees, click here

2011 Spring Conference Sponsors (THANK YOU!)

·         Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

·         Wisconsin School of Business, Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

Previous HULM Conferences

·         2010 Fall @ Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

·         2010 Spring @ Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

·         2009 Fall @ Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Next HULM Conferences

·         2011 Fall @ Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago



Conference Agenda:


Friday, March 4th


8:00am – 8:55am, Registration


8:55am – 9:00am, Opening Remarks 


9:00am – 10:00am, Joao Cocco, London Business School

      A Model of Mortgage Default (with John Campbell)

Discussion by Andra Ghent


10:00am – 11:00am, Tomasz Piskorski, Columbia University

Mortgage Modification and Strategic Default: Evidence from a Legal Settlement with Countrywide (with Chris Mayer, Edward Morrison, and Arpit Gupta)
Discussion by Kamila Sommer


11:00am – 12:00pm, Kristopher Gerardi, Atlanta Fed

      Kristopher Gerardi

Financial Literacy and Subprime Mortgage Delinquency: Evidence from a Survey Matched to Administrative Data (with Lorenz Goette and Stephan Meier)

Discussion by Maria Luengo-Prado


12:00pm – 1:30pm, Lunch 


1:30pm – 2:30pm, Patrick Bayer, Duke University

      Speculators and Middlemen: The Role of Flippers in the Housing Market (with Christopher Geissler and James W. Roberts)

Discussion by Jordan Rappaport 


2:30pm – 3:30pm, Lu Han, University of Toronto

Measuring the Thinness of Real Estate Markets (with David Genesove)

Discussion by Jim Albrecht


3:30pm – 4:00pm, Break


4:00pm – 5:00pm, Ed Coulson, Pennsylvania State University (with Herman Li)

      Measuring the External Benefits of Homeownership

Discussion by Richard Green


5:00pm – 6:00pm, Daniele Coen-Pirani, University of Pittsburgh

      Agglomeration Externalities and the Dynamics of Firm Location Choices (with Holger Sieg and Jeff Brinkman)

Discussion by Theodore Papageorgiou


7:00pm, Reception at the Atlanta Fed. 



Saturday, March 5th


8:00am – 8:30am, Continental Breakfast


8:30am – 9:30am, Matteo Iacoviello, Board of Governors and Boston College

      Financial Business Cycles

Discussion by Erasmus Kersting   



 9:30am – 10:30am, Marcelo Veracierto, Chicago Fed

      The Role of Housing in Labor Reallocation (with Jonas Fisher and Morris Davis)

Discussion by Jonathan Halket


10:30am – 11:00am, Break


11:00am – 12:00pm, David Albouy, University of Michigan

      Metropolitan Land Values and Housing Productivity

Discussion by Albert Saiz


12:00pm, Depart




·         Hotel information:

Loews Atlanta Hotel (conveniently located across the street from FRB Atlanta at Peachtree & 11th Streets)

1065 Peachtree Street

Atlanta, Georgia  30309

Phone: 404-745-5000




·         Directions from the hotel to the Bank:

FRB Atlanta is on the opposite corner from the hotel and the main entrance is at the corner of 10th and Peachtree.


·         Reception: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 


·         Travel from Airport to Hotel and Bank


Travel time from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to the Bank is about 20-25 minutes by taxi, for a fare of about $32.


Travel time on MARTA (Atlanta’s heavy rail system, is about 20 minutes, at a cost of $2:50 (with reusable fare card). Take the train to the Midtown Station.  Take the escalator/stairs up and exit on to 10th street.  Walk one block east (right) to Peachtree St, turn left (north) and walk one block to 11th and Peachtree. The Loews hotel is on the opposite corner.