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Photo of Chris Cunningham Chris Cunningham
Research Economist and Assistant Policy Adviser

Research Department
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1000 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309-4470
404-498-8977
Chris.Cunningham@atl.frb.org

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  • Biography
  • Research
  • Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Chris Cunningham is a research economist and assistant policy adviser on the regional team in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His major research interests are housing and land-use regulation.

Prior to joining the Bank in 2005, Dr. Cunningham was a graduate research associate at Syracuse University's Center for Policy Research. He also worked as a research analyst for the Law and Economics Consulting Group and as a research assistant for the Economic Consulting Services, both in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Cunningham received both his doctorate and master's degree in economics from Syracuse University. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from George Washington University. He is a member of the American Economics Association, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the North American Regional Science Council.

Research

Research Areas

Urban Economics, Public Economics, Real Estate Economics

Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“Housing Capital-Gains Taxation and Homeowner Mobility: Evidence from the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997” (with Gary V. Engelhardt). Forthcoming in Journal of Urban Economics.

“Growth Controls, Real Options, and Land Development.” Forthcoming in Review of Economics and Statistics.

“Measuring Pension Wealth.” In Transitioning to Retirement: How Will Boomers Fare? Oxford University Press, edited by Olivia S. Mitchell, Beth J. Soldo, and Brigitte Madrian (with Gary V. Engelhardt and Anil Kumar). Forthcoming.

“House Price Uncertainty, Timing of Development, and Vacant Land Prices: Evidence for Real Options in Seattle.” Journal of Urban Economics, 59, no. 1 (September 2006), pp. 1–31.

“Federal Tax Policy, Employer Matching, and 401(k) Saving: Evidence from HRS W-2 Records” (with Gary V. Engelhardt). National Tax Journal, 55, no. 3 (September 2002), pp. 617–45.

Papers at the Revise and Resubmit Stage

"New Housing Density, Homeownership, and Growth Management," Journal of Urban Economics.

Papers in Progress

"Conservation Easements, Growth Management, and Proximate Home Values" (with Thomas Thibodeau).

"Assessing the Savings Adequacy of Elderly Cohorts Using Matched Pension Data from the Health and Retirement Survey" (with Gary V. Engelhardt and Anil Kumar).

"Interruptions in Labor Force Participation and Pension Wealth Accumulation Using Matched Administrative Data in the HRS" (with Melinda Pitts).

"Peer Effects and Housing Renovations."

Atlanta Fed Working Papers

2013-19
Housing Wealth and Wage Bargaining
Chris Cunningham
December 2013
Abstract || Full text in PDF (163 KB)

2013-18
Do Homeowners Associations Mitigate or Aggravate Negative Spillovers from Neighboring Homeowner Distress?
Ron Cheung, Chris Cunningham, and Rachel Meltzer
December 2013
Abstract || Full text in PDF (348 KB)

2012-20
Housing Wealth and Wage Bargaining
Chris Cunningham and Robert R. Reed
December 2012
Abstract || Full text in PDF (289 KB)

2009-19a
Who Supports Portable Assessment Caps?: The Role of Lock-Ins, Tax Share, and Mobility
Ron Cheung and Chris Cunningham
Revised October 2010
Abstract || Full text in PDF (1.9 MB)

Other Articles

"Smart Growth and Rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast" EconSouth, 8, no. 2, pp. 4–8.


Curriculum Vitae

Education

Syracuse University
Ph.D. in Economics, 2005
M.A. in Economics, 2004

George Washington University
B.S. in Economics, 1997

Employment

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Research Economist and Assistant Policy Adviser. Atlanta, Ga. 2005–present

Syracuse University, Center for Policy Research
Graduate Research Associate to Gary Engelhardt. Syracuse, N.Y. 2000–02, 2003–04

Law and Economics Consulting Group
Research Analyst/Associate in antitrust and damages. Washington, D.C. 1998–2000

Economic Consulting Services
Research Assistant in antidumping and transfer pricing. Washington, D.C. 1997–98

Brookings Institution, Governmental Studies Program
Research Intern. Washington, D.C. 1996–97

Fellowships and Honors

  • Homer Hoyt Institute Annual Dissertation Award (AREUEA), first place 2005
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Syracuse University, 2005
  • Moynihan Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, Maxell School, Syracuse University, 2005
  • Maxwell Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, 2004

External Grants

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Early Doctoral Student Research Grant #H-21367SG, 2002–03
  • National Institute on Aging Grant #1 RO1 AG022987-01, "Pension Wealth Calculator for Employer-Provided Plans," principal investigator (with Gary V. Engelhardt and Anil Kumar)

Internal Grants

  • Eggers Summer Scholars Grant, 2003
  • Roscoe Martin Research Support Grant, 2003
  • Tom Speranza Graduate Research Assistantship in Tax Policy, 2002
  • Summer Research Grant, Department of Economics, 2001

Academic Conference Presentations

2007 ASSA, Chicago, January, "The Capital Gains Treatment of Housing and Mobility: Evidence from TRA97"
2006 Federal Reserve Board of Governors, East Carolina University

North American Regional Science Meeting, Las Vegas, "Homebuyers' Valuation of Protected Open Space: Evidence from Rocky Mountain Communities"

AREUEA-International Meeting, Vancouver, July, "Homebuyers' Valuation of Protected Open Space: Evidence from Rocky Mountain Communities"
ASSA Meeting, Boston, January, "Existing Homeowners and New Development Density."
2005 Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia State University, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Toronto, Baruch-CUNY, University of British Columbia
2004 University of Georgia, Syracuse University
AREUEA Midyear Meeting, Washington, D.C., June, "House Price Uncertainty, Timing of Development and Vacant Land Prices: Evidence for Real Options in Seattle," discussant Albert Saiz
PAA Meeting, Boston, Poster session, March, "Peer-effects and Fertility: Evidence from Rural South Africa" (with Solveig Argeseanu)
ASSA Meeting, San Diego, January, "Real Options, Rural Land Conversions, and Urban Growth Boundaries: Evidence from Seattle," discussant Jan Brueckner

Seminars

2006 Federal Reserve Board of Governors, East Carolina University
2005 Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia State University, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Toronto, Baruch-CUNY, University of British Columbia
2004 University of Georgia, Syracuse University

Referee

American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Housing Economics, Labour Economics, and Real Estate Economics 

Professional Associations

American Economics Association, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and the North American Regional Science Council