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Call For Papers – Climate and Real Estate Initiative Inaugural Symposium

Call for Papers –

Climate change produces more frequent and intense natural disasters, putting tens of millions of properties at an increasingly large physical and financial risk. In addition to incurring a substantial welfare cost on homeowners, mounting risk could threaten the stability of the property market and macroeconomy itself. At the same time, the real estate sector consumes 40% of world energy annually and is responsible for 20% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Given its volume, reducing emissions from the sector is central to achieving climate change mitigation goals.


The real estate sector’s vulnerability and its contribution to climate change call for innovative research at the intersection of climate change and real estate. In particular, a symposium on Climate Change and Real Estate Economics and Finance, hosted by the Center for Real Estate at MIT, calls for papers on the following topics:

• Estimating the impact of climate risk (both physical risk and transition risk) on residential and/or commercial real estate
• Evaluating the effect of climate change adaptation and resilience measures in the real estate sector
• Evaluating measures to mitigate the real estate sector’s contribution to climate change

We seek novel research papers with rigorous theoretical and/or empirical analyses on questions within these topics. We especially welcome submissions by early-career scholars and from scholars who are under-represented in economics.

EVENT NAME: MIT Climate and Real Estate Initiative Inaugural Symposium
EVENT TIME: December 4, 2022 (Sunday) through December 5, 2022 (Monday). The event will run for 1.5 days (approximately from Sunday 9 am to Monday 2 pm).

Location 

MIT Campus (Cambridge, MA) unless federal, state, local, or University guidelines on COVID safety necessitates a change. 

Keynote Speakers 

Benjamin Keys (University of Pennsylvania), Amine Ouazad (HEC Montreal), and Nancy Wallace (UC Berkeley). 

Submission 

All papers must be submitted by August 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET. Authors will be notified about inclusion in each symposium by early October. Submissions of complete papers are preferred, but we will consider extended abstracts that include a discussion of the research’s results and conclusions. 

Organizers 

Seunghoon Lee (Postdoctoral Associate, MIT/CRE) 

Juan Palacios (Postdoctoral Associate and Director of the MIT/CRE Climate and Real Estate Initiative, MIT/CRE) 

Simon Buechler (Postdoctoral Fellow and Director of the Price Dynamics Platform, MIT/CRE) 

Siqi Zheng (Faculty Director of MIT/CRE, and STL Champion Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability) 

Please contact climaterealestate2022@mit.edu with any questions regarding the symposiums. This call is not exclusive and can be shared with others. 

Invited speakers are expected to participate in the entire 2-day symposium and there is no fee for attending. We will cover and arrange 2 nights of accommodation for invited speakers who travel from outside of the Greater Boston area. Participants are responsible for paying for and arranging their travel arrangements. 

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