Stuart A. Gabriel

Arden Realty Chair, Professor of Finance and Director, Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA

Phone: (310) 825-2922


Stuart A. Gabriel is Director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA and is Arden Realty Chair and Professor of Finance at UCLA Anderson School of Management. His research focuses on topics of real estate finance and economics, housing and mortgage markets, urban and regional economics, and macroeconomics. He previously served on the economics staff of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Professor Gabriel has published 75 articles in economics and finance journals and serves on the editorial boards of seven academic journals. His recent research has focused on issues of housing and the financial crisis, including assessment of integration and contagion in US housing markets, Google search behavior as an indicator of housing distress, GSE crowd out in secondary mortgage markets, and the effects of CDO market implosion on mortgage pricing. Professor Gabriel is the recipient of a number of awards for research and teaching excellence. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and the California State Legislature and has provided policy advice to elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. Dr. Gabriel is a past President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Advanced Real Estate Studies. Professor Gabriel serves on the Boards of Directors of KBS REITs and is a consultant to numerous corporate and governmental entities. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ph.D. Economics, 1981, UC Berkeley
M.A. 1980, UC Berkeley
A.B. 1976, UC Berkeley


Real Estate Finance and Economics, Urban and Regional Economics, Housing and Mortgage Markets, Urban Public Finance, Macroeconomics
  • Marcelle Chauvet, Stuart Gabriel and Chandler Lutz. (November 2016). Mortgage Default Risk: New Evidence from Internet Search Queries. Forthcoming, Journal of Urban Economics, 96 (2016): 91 - 111., [ Link ]
  • Yuval Arbel, Danny Ben-Shahar and Stuart Gabriel. (December 2015). Are the Disabled Less Loss Averse? Evidence from a Natural Policy Experiment. Economic Inquiry, Early View Online, [ Link ]
  • Stuart A. Gabriel, Matthew E. Kahn and Ryan K. Vaughn. (January 2015). Congressional Influence As a Determinant of Subprime Lending. Journal of Housing Economics, Volume 28: 91-102. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Stuart Rosenthal. (June 2015). The Boom, the Bust and the Future of Homeownership. Real Estate Economics, Volume 43 (2): 334-374. [ Link ]
  • Yuval Arbel, Danny Ben Shahar and Stuart Gabriel. (November 2014). Anchoring and Housing Choice: Results of a Natural Policy Experiment. Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 49, pp. 68-83. [ Link ]
  • John Cotter, Stuart Gabriel and Richard Roll. (November 2014). Can Housing Risk be Diversified? A Cautionary Tale from the Housing Boom and Bust. Review of Financial Studies, Volume 28 (3): 913-936. [ Link ]
  • Yongheng Deng, Stuart Gabriel, Kiyohiko Nishimura and Della Zhang. (2013). Optimal Pricing Strategy in the Case of Price Dispersion: New Evidence from the Tokyo Housing Market.. Real Estate Economics, 40 (5): 234-272. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Stuart Rosenthal. (2013). Urbanization, Agglomeration Economics, and Access to Mortgage Credit. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 43 (1): 42-50. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Frank Nothaft. (2012). James Berkovec Special Issue: An Introduction. Real Estate Economics, 40 (5): 1-7. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Gary Painter. (2012). "Household Location and Race: A Twenty-Year Retrospective". Journal of Regional Science, Volume 52 (5): 733 - 901. [ Link ]
  • Yuming Fu and Stuart Gabriel. (2012). Labor Migration, Human Capital Agglomeration, and Regional Development in China. Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 42: 473-484. [ Link ]
  • Xudong An, Yongheng Deng, and Stuart Gabriel. (2011). Asymmetric Information, Adverse Selection, and the Pricing of CMBS. Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 100(2): 304-325. [ Link ]
  • Yongheng Deng, Stuart Gabriel, and Anthony Sanders. (2011). CDO Market Implosion and the Pricing of Subprime Mortgage-Backed Securities. Journal of Housing Economics, Vol 20(2): 68-80. [ Link ]
  • Stuart A Gabriel and Stuart S Rosenthal. (2010). Do the GSEs Expand the Supply of Mortgage Credit? New Evidence on Crowd Out in the Secondary Mortgage Market. Journal of Public Economics, 94(2010): 975-986. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel, Raphael Bostic and Gary Painter. (2009). Housing Wealth, Financial Wealth, and Consumption: New Evidence from Micro Data. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 39(2009): 79-89. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel, John Quigley, and Larry Rosenthal. (2009). The Mortgage Meltdown, the Economy, and Public Policy. The B.E. Journal of Economics Analysis and Policy, Vol. 9, Issue 3 (Symposium), Article 1. [ Link ]
  • Xudong An, Yongheng Deng and Stuart Gabriel. (2009). Value Creation through Securitization: Evidence from the CMBS Market. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 38 (3): 302-326. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and with Gary Painter. (2009). Mobility, Residential Location, and the American Dream: The Intra-metropolitan Geography of Minority Homeownership. Real Estate Economics, 36 (3): 499-531. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel, Xudong An, Raphael Bostic, and Yongheng Deng. (2007). GSE Loan Purchases, the FHA, and Housing Outcomes in Targeted, Low-Income Neighborhoods. Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, (2007): 205-256. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Yongheng Deng. (September 2006). Risk-Based Pricing and the Enhancement of Mortgage Credit Availability among Underserved and Higher Credit-Risk Populations. Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Vol. 38, No. 6, pp.1431-1460. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Raphael Bostic. (February 2006). Do the GSEs Matter to Low-Income Housing Markets? An Assessment of the Effects of GSE Loan Purchases on California Housing Outcomes. Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 59, pp. 458-475. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Stuart Rosenthal. (January 2005). Homeownership in the 1980s and 1990s: Aggregate Trends and Racial Disparities. Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 101-127. [ Link ]
  • Stuart Gabriel and Stuart Rosenthal. (February 2004). Quality of the Business Environment Versus Quality of Life in a Dynamic Model of Urban Composition and Growth. The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 86, No 1, pp.438-444. [ Link ]
  • Yuval Arbel, Danny Ben-Shahar and Stuart Gabriel. (December 2015). Are the Disabled Less Loss Averse? Evidence from a Natural Policy Experiment. Economic Inquiry, Early View Online, [ Link ]
  • Yuval Arbel, Danny Ben-Shahar and Stuart Gabriel. (December 2015). Are the Disabled Less Loss Averse? Evidence from a Natural Policy Experiment. Economic Inquiry, Early View Online, [ Link ]
  • John Cotter, Stuart A. Gabriel and Richard Roll. (October 2016). Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: Asset Diversification in a Flat World. [ Download ] [ Show Abstract ]
    We present new international diversification indexes across equity, sovereign debt, and real estate. The indexes reveal a marked and near ubiquitous decline in diversification potential across asset classes and markets for the post-2000 period. Analysis of panel data suggests that the decline is related to higher levels of market credit risk and volatility as well as to technology and communications innovation as proxied by internet diffusion. The decline in diversification opportunity is associated with sharply higher levels of investment risk.
  • Stuart Gabriel, Owen Hearey, Matthew E. Kahn and Ryan K. Vaughn. (September 2016). Public School Quality Valuation Over the Business Cycle. [ Download ] [ Show Abstract ]
    Over the years 2000 to 2013, the Los Angeles real estate market featured a boom, a bust, and then another boom. We use this variation to test how the hedonic valuation of school quality varies over the business cycle. Following Black (1999), we exploit a regression discontinuity design at elementary school attendance boundaries to test for how the implicit price of school quality changes. We find that the capitalization of school quality is counter-cyclical. While good schools always command a price premium, this premium grows during the bust. Possible mechanisms for these findings include consumers “trading down” from private to public schools during contractions as well as the effects of reduced household mobility during downturns in raising the value of the public school option.
  • Xudong An, Yongheng Deng, and Stuart A. Gabriel. (April 6, 2016). Default Option Exercise over the Financial Crisis and Beyond. [ Download ] [ Show Abstract ]
    We document increased ruthlessness of mortgage default option exercise over the financial crisis and beyond. For a given level of negative equity, borrower propensity to default rose markedly over the 2007 – 2012 period and among hard-hit metropolitan areas. We show that elevated default option exercise was more salient to crisis-period defaults than were adverse shocks to home equity. Analysis of time-series and panel data indicates that proxies for the local business cycle, consumer sentiment, and federal foreclosure mitigation programs explain much of the rise in the negative equity beta. Difference-indifference tests further corroborate unintended consequences of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) on borrower default option exercise.
  • Stuart Gabriel and Chandler Lutz. (September 2014). The Impact of Unconventional Monetary Policy on Real Estate Markets. [ Download ] [ Show Abstract ]
    We use a structural factor-augmented vector autoregression (FAVAR) model and a large dataset of daily time series to study the impact of unconventional monetary policy on residential and non-residential real estate and related mar- kets. Our findings indicate that an expansionary unconventional monetary policy shock lowers key housing market interest rates; raises equity market returns for homebuilders and real estate investment trusts (REITs); reduces the cost to insure subprime mortgage-backed and commercial real estate debt; and lowers housing distress. Research findings also suggest that the estimated effects are generally large in magnitude and similar in size to those found for equity markets. Further, the impact of unconventional monetary policy shocks on housing markets differs in magnitude across risk-levels and US geographies. Finally, results indicate that successive rounds of monetary easing may be necessary during an extended period of economic weakness, in that the impact of an unconventional monetary shock at- tenuates rather quickly with an estimated half-life that is generally less than three months.