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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has announced Dr. Lynn M. Fisher has joined the MBA as vice president of research and economics. Dr. Fisher comes to MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, where she served as Associate Professor of Real Estate and the David D. and Carol Ann Flanagan Scholar.
“Lynn is an expert in the field of real estate economics, and I have no doubt she will step right in and begin making significant contributions to MBA’s research efforts,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist and senior vice president for research and industry technology. “MBA’s data, analyses and forecasts are industry benchmarks. Dr. Fisher will contribute in each of these areas, positioning her as a highly visible and much sought after expert in our industry.”
Dr. Fisher will also serve as the Executive Director of MBA’s Research Institute for Housing America (RIHA), the Association’s 503(c)(3) dedicated to encouraging and aiding—through grants and sponsored research to distinguished scholars, educational institutions, research facilities, and government organization—the pursuit of knowledge of mortgage markets and real estate finance.
At the Kenan-Flagler School, Dr. Fisher’s research focused primarily on home ownership, mortgage financing and development. Her academic work has been featured in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, The Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, and The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.
Dr. Fisher formerly served on the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Center for Real Estate, where she was director of the MIT/CRE Housing Affordability Initiative. She received her Ph.D. in business administration from Pennsylvania State University, where she concentrated in real estate finance and microeconomics. She has an MS in business administration and a BA in international politics from Penn State.