Luis Quintero

Luis Quintero, PhD

Assistant Professor
Academic AreaReal Estate
Academic AreaEconomics
Academic AreaHealth

Luis Quintero (PhD in Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University) is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His work focuses on urban and real estate economics, especially related to housing markets, agglomeration economies and policy-related issues like housing affordability. He also does research on determinants of growth, decline, and sustainability of cities in developed and developing economies.

At JHU Carey Business School he teaches courses on infrastructure development of sustainable cities, real estate and infrastructure finance, and microeconomics. He works on policy analysis for the 21st Century Cities Initiative at JHU and is part of the core faculty at the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative. He also co-directs the Latin American and the Caribbean Economics Association (LACEA) urban economics network.

Luis’s work has been published in leading economic journals, and his work has been quoted in the media, including NPR, Fox, The Economist, Baltimore Magazine, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and CNN.


  • Ph. D, Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MA, Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MA, Economics, Universidad de los Andes
  • BS, Economics, Universidad de los Andes


Selected publications

  • A New Approach to Estimating Hedonic Equilibrium Models for Metropolitan Housing Markets. with D. Epple and H. Sieg, forthcoming in Journal of Political Economy. 
  • Public Procurement, Control and Public Goods Provision. Forthcoming in the book Estate Capacity, CAF 2015.
  • Economic Growth Outbreaks: Is Connectedness a Good Predictor? with Carlos Patino. The Heinz Journal of Public Policy. 2014.
  • The Politics of Market Selection. Desarrollo Y Sociedad, Vol 57, Universidad de los Andes.

Working papers

  • Managing Decline: Urban dynamics in Declining Cities with Paula Restrepo.
  • Explaining Spatial Variations in Productivity. Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean with Mark Roberts. 
  • Fewer players, fewer homes: concentration and the new dynamics of housing supply, with Jacob Cosman.



  • Infrastructure Development for Sustainable Cities

Honors and distinctions

  • Carey Business School's Dean's List Award
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia World Bank Academy Award for Best Paper 2020.
  • Carey's Business School Supplementary Research Grant
  • Teaching Innovation Fund Award
  • Global Real Estate Summit. Best Paper Award, Second Level, 2015
  • American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) Homer Hoyt Institute Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2014.
  • William Larimer Mellon Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008-2013.
  • MOOD Fellowship for the 12th Doctoral Workshop in Economic Theory and Econometrics. Rome 2012.
  • ICE fellowship for the University of Chicago- Argonne Initiative for Computational Economics. Chicago, 2012.

In the media