Arthur Acolin

Arthur Acolin

Bob Filley Endowed Chair and Assistant Professor, Runstad Department of Real Estate

Arthur Acolin is an Assistant Professor and Bob Filley Endowed Chair in the Runstad Department of Real Estate in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He obtained his Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California in May 2017. His dissertation, titled “Three Essays on Frictions in Housing Markets” looked at various market imperfections that affect household housing choices and impact their financial outcomes. His field of research is housing economics with a focus on international housing policy and finance. His particular interest is on how housing market institutions and market designs affect household access to housing (tenure choice, housing consumption and mobility decision). Prior to completing his Ph.D. Acolin was a Research Associate in the Real Estate department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he worked on housing, urbanization and economic development issues. He obtained a master in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.




Walter, R. J., Acolin, A., & Tillyer, M. S. (2024). Association between property investments and crime on commercial and residential streets: Implications for maximizing public safety benefits. SSM - Population Health, 25, 101537–101537. View Publication


Cai, M., Acolin, A., Moudon, A. V., & Shen, Q. (2023). Developing a multi-criteria prioritization tool to catalyze TOD on publicly owned land areas. Cities, 143, 104606-. View Publication

Arthur Acolin & Rebecca J. Walter (2023) Mortgage Loan Costs: Magnitude and Drivers of Variation, Housing Policy Debate, DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2023.2236984 View Publication

Walter, R. J., Tillyer, M. S., Ramiller, A., & Acolin, A. (2023). Scaling Down from the Neighborhood in Urban Planning Research and Practice: The Potential Benefits of a Micro-Scale Focus. Journal of Planning Education and Research. View Publication


Acolin, Arthur; Reina, Vincent. (2022). Housing Cost Burden and Life Satisfaction. Journal Of Housing & The Built Environment, 37(4), 1789-1815. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Colburn, Gregg; Walter, Rebecca J. (2022). How Do Single-family Homeowners Value Residential And Commercial Density? It Depends. Land Use Policy, 113. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur;hoek-smit, Marja;green, Richard K. (2022). Measuring the Housing Sector's Contribution to GDP in Emerging Market Countries. International Journal Of Housing Markets And Analysis, 15(5), 977-994. View Publication

Ramiller, Alex; Acolin, Arthur; Walter, Rebecca J.; Wang, Ruoniu. (2022). Moving to Shared Equity: Locational Outcomes for Households in Shared Equity Homeownership Programs. Housing Studies, 44586. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur. (2020). Owning Vs. Renting: The Benefits Of Residential Stability? Housing Studies, 37(4), 644-647. View Publication

Tillyer, Marie Skubak; Acolin, Arthur; Walter, Rebecca J. (2022). Place-based Improvements for Public Safety: Private Investment, Public Code Enforcement, and Changes in Crime at Microplaces across Six U.S. Cities. Jq: Justice Quarterly, 44592. View Publication

Walter, Rebecca J.; Tillyer, Marie Skubak; Acolin, Arthur. (2022). Spatiotemporal Crime Patterns across Six US Cities: Analyzing Stability and Change in Clusters and Outliers. Journal Of Quantitative Criminology. View Publication


Hess, Chris; Acolin, Arthur; Walter, Rebecca; Kennedy, Ian; Chasins, Sarah; Crowder, Kyle. (2021). Searching For Housing In The Digital Age: Neighborhood Representation On Internet Rental Housing Platforms Across Space, Platform, And Metropolitan Segregation. Environment And Planning A-economy And Space, 53(8), 2012 - 2032. View Publication

Costa, Ana; Sass, Victoria; Kennedy, Ian; Roy, Roshni; Walter, Rebecca J.; Acolin, Arthur; Crowder, Kyle; Hess, Chris; Ramiller, Alex; Chasins, Sarah. (2021). Toward A Cross-platform Framework: Assessing The Comprehensiveness Of Online Rental Listings. Cityscape, 23(2), 327 - 339. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Ramiller, Alex; Walter, Rebecca J; Thompson, Samantha; Wang, Ruoniu. (2021). Transitioning To Homeownership: Asset Building For Low- And Moderate-income Households. Housing Policy Debate, 31(6), 1032 - 1049. View Publication


Acolin, Arthur. (2020). Housing Wealth And Consumption Over The 2001–2013 Period: The Role Of The Collateral Channel. Journal Of Housing Research, 29(1), 68 - 88. View Publication


Acolin, Arthur; Goodman, Laurie; Wachter, Susan M. (2019). Accessing Homeownership With Credit Constraints. Housing Policy Debate, 29(1), 108 - 125. View Publication

Hess, Christian; Walter, Rebecca J.; Acolin, Arthur; Chasins, Sarah. (2019). Comparing Small Area Fair Market Rents With Other Rental Measures Across Diverse Housing Markets. Cityscape, 21(3), 159 - 186. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Lin, Desen; Wachter, Susan M. (2019). Endowments And Minority Homeownership. Cityscape, 21(1), 5 - 62. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Hoek-smit, Marja C.; Eloy, Claudia Magalhaes. (2019). High Delinquency Rates In Brazil's Minha Casa Minha Vida Housing Program: Possible Causes And Necessary Reforms. Habitat International, 83, 99 - 110. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur. (2019). Housing Trajectories Of Immigrants And Their Children In France: Between Integration And Stratification. Urban Studies (sage Publications, Ltd.), 56(10), 2021 - 2039. View Publication

Reina, Vincent; Acolin, Arthur; Bostic, Raphael W. (2019). Section 8 Vouchers And Rent Limits: Do Small Area Fair Market Rent Limits Increase Access To Opportunity Neighborhoods? An Early Evaluation. Housing Policy Debate, 29(1), 44 - 61. View Publication


Lacoe, Johanna; Bostic, Raphael W.; Acolin, Arthur. (2018). Crime And Private Investment In Urban Neighborhoods. Journal Of Urban Economics, 108, 154 - 169. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Calem, Paul; Jagtiani, Julapa; Wachter, Susan. (2018). First-time Homebuyers: Toward A New Measure. Cityscape, 20(1), 193 - 204. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Vitiello, Domenic. (2018). Who Owns Chinatown: Neighbourhood Preservation And Change In Boston And Philadelphia. Urban Studies, 55(8), 1690 - 1710. View Publication


Acolin, Arthur; Wachter, Susan. (2017). Opportunity And Housing Access. Cityscape, 19(1), 135 - 150. View Publication


Acolin, Arthur; Goodman, Laurie S.; Wachter, Susan M. (2016). A Renter Or Homeowner Nation? Cityscape, 18(1), 145 - 158. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Bricker, Jesse; Calem, Paul; Wachter, Susan. (2016). Borrowing Constraints And Homeownership. The American Economic Review, 106(5), 625 - 629. View Publication