2021 AREUEA-ASSA Conference

AREUEA’s January Meeting is held in conjunction with the meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA). The ASSA conference is held in conjunction with approximately 55 associations in related disciplines over a three-day period. Average full attendance for the conference is over 13,000 attendees.

AREUEA organizes twenty-three sessions during the three-day conference, in which selected participants report on research in progress or recently completed. The topical focus of the conference sessions will include theoretical, empirical, and policy research in real estate economics, real estate finance, and urban economics. Additionally, AREUEA hosts a Doctoral Session which invited distinguished scholars share their insights and wisdom with students on topics such as career planning, publishing, and research. Furthermore, selected students will present their current research at the doctoral poster session.

Each year AREUEA hosts a joint session with the American Economic Association (AEA) and a joint session with the American Finance Association (AFA) in which topics of mutual interests are presented by distinguished scholars from both organizations. The Presidential Address is hosted in honor of AREUEA’s outgoing President. In addition to the Presidential Address, AREUEA recognizes the generous sponsors of the organization and announces the recipients of the George Bloom Award, Edwin Mills Best Paper Award, Real Estate Economics Best Referee Awards, and the Homer Hoyt Institute Dissertation Award.

General Conference Information

The 56th AREUEA-ASSA Conference will be held virtually January 3-5, 2021. Please note that the conference for 2021 will be a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday conference with the AREUEA Board Meeting Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Information on the 2021 conference is posted as it becomes available. Conference registration information will be posted once it is available from the ASSA.

For more information, contact our AREUEA-ASSA Conference Chair: Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh
    The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate
    Columbia University
    [email protected]


Conference Announcements

2021 Conference Goes Virtual

Given recent events, continued uncertainties, current meeting/travel restrictions related to the potential spread of COVID-19, and the rising number of cases, we regret to announce that the Association's leadership has made the difficult decision not to hold the 2021 ASSA Annual Meeting in person. The safety risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to plan, prepare for, and hold an in-person event as expected.

While not holding an in-person meeting will diminish the reunions, receptions, and other networking opportunities that occur in a face to face setting, the AEA is excited to announce that preparations are underway for a VIRTUAL 2021 AEA/ASSA Annual Meeting. Session and paper submissions have been strong and we are currently curating a program that will be both interesting and stimulating – especially in the times through which we are living. The virtual meeting will be held on January 3 – 5, 2021 as planned and will include the usual offering of over 500 scientific sessions. Registration will open in September and the registration fee will be set to cover the costs of holding the virtual meeting. Stay tuned for more details.

This has been a unprecedented year and the AEA leadership believes that, despite the departure from normal circumstances, we will continue to have an engaging and successful 2021 AEA/ASSA Meeting. We look forward to seeing you in person in 2022 when we will be together again in Boston.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Schedule (Eastern Time)

Times have been adjusted this year for the virtual format.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm -- Sessions
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm -- Sessions
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm -- Special Events
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm -- Sessions
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm -- Special Events

Virtual Platform

As an attendee, you will be able to access sessions and events from a desktop browser or the event app on a mobile device. You will receive a username and password when you register for the meetings. The virtual platform allows you to build a personal daily schedule, receive reminders and updates, search the program, take notes, and more. The app will become available for download in the first week of December.


Registration is now open. Feel free to register at your convenience this year, in the absence of the usual rush for preferred hotel accommodations. In the past, when you registered for the ASSA meeting, you created an account in the registration system. Please do not create a new account this year—instead, log back into your existing account. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, use the Forgot Your Password option found on the registration login page to retrieve that information.

Please visit the ASSA Conference website for updated and additional registration information.

  Early Registration (ends Dec. 3) Late Registration
Regular Attendee $60 $100
Student Attendee $40 $55

Everyone is required to register to view the virtual conference—general attendees, students, session/panel participants, chairpersons, and discussants. General information for the 2021 ASSA Virtual Annual Meeting can be found on the ASSA Annual Meeting website.

You will be required to acknowledge the AEA Code of Professional Conduct and the AEA Policy on Harassment and Discrimination in order to complete your registration. Please feel free to read through these policies ahead of time.

All cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected] by December 3, 2020. Refunds are not issued for any reason if requested after this date. If you register after December 3, 2020, you cannot request a refund.

Session Schedule

The date, time, and virtual room assignments are set by ASSA for the upcoming January Conference. If you are scheduled to present a paper at the conference we ask that you submit your final paper (should you have any changes to your original paper submission) to the AREUEA office, via email [email protected], no later than December 1, 2020. All conference papers will be linked to the program by December 15 and made available for download for discussants, session chairs, and participants.

All presenters, chairs and discussants must be registered for the conference.

Virtual Program Details

Special Joint Sessions

The 2021 conference committee has organized joint sessions with the American Economic Association (AEA) and the American Finance Association (AFA).

Please review the Joint Session Flyer for detailed information. We recommend that you highlight your program schedule to ensure your participation in these engaging and dynamic paper sessions.

Joint Session Details

Special Events

AREUEA will be hosting several special events during the AREUEA-ASSA conference such as the Presidential Address!

Please click on the following link to view the special event schedule.

View Special Events Schedule

WREN Networking Event

WREN will be hosting their Annual Networking Event Virtually this year at the 2021 AREUEA ASSA Conference on Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 6:00PM through 6:45PM ET.

Register here to participate in a discussion between 5-10 junior and senior researchers on a designated research or professional development topic. Attendees will be assigned groups based on their preferences, conveyed at registration. WREN committee members will help facilitate the conversations.

Contact Lauren Lambie-Hanson ([email protected]) for more information.

Homer Hoyt Institute Dissertation Award

The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association solicits submissions for their doctoral dissertation award competition.

This award is sponsored by the Homer Hoyt Institute and distributed by AREUEA.

Further information on this award, guidelines, and the application is now available on the AREUEA Homer Hoyt Dissertation Awards Competition webpage.

Award Application form and details

Doctoral Session

AREUEA will be hosting the 34th annual Doctoral Session on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 5:00-7:00PM EST virtually.

Application for the upcoming Doctoral Session closed on October 15, 2020. Thank you to all applicants for the poster session.

Students invited to present their research to an audience of professors and peers, gaining valuable feedback and mentoring. Student poster session presenters will receive a complementary membership for 2021 that includes a subscription to Real Estate Economics. The PhD session will also include a panel discussion led by leading scholars in the field and focus on research career development. All registered participants for the ASSA-AREUEA conference are welcome to attend. Click here for more information.

Call for Papers and Participation
2021 AREUEA-ASSA Conference

AREUEA invites you to submit a paper for the 56th AREUEA Conference held in conjunction with the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) meetings. This conference will take place January 3-5, 2021.

The call for papers is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a paper. Details of the program will be posted to the conference website as soon as the full schedule is available. We look forward to a great conference and program virtually.