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Dr. Walter Torous

Biography

Anderson School of Management
Professor Emeritus

Biography

Walter Torous is founding director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate and Professor of Finance at UCLA Anderson.  He teaches managerial finance, real estate finance, and empirical methods in finance. Dr. Torous’ research interests include the pricing of financial instruments (options, future, risky debt, mortgages), the reorganization of financially distressed firms, as well as statistical issues in finance. 

Dr. Torous previously taught at the University of Michigan and the London Business School. His consulting clients include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and various thrifts, banks and other financial institutions. 

Education

Ph.D. Economics, 1981, University of Pennsylvania
B.Math. Economics, 1976, University of Waterloo

Interests

Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Securities, Options Pricing, Future Markets, Mortgages

MIT Professional Education
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Torous is a Senior Lecturer holding a joint appointment in the Center for Real Estate and the Sloan School of Management. As one of the nation’s top scholars and researchers in real estate finance, he teaches a graduate course in Mortgage Securitization and Other Assets.

Walter was the Lee and Seymour Graff Distinguished Professor and is founding director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate. He’s also Professor Emeritus at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he taught managerial finance, real estate finance, and empirical methods in finance. Walter’s research interests include the pricing of financial instruments (options, future, risky debt, mortgages), the reorganization of financially distressed firms, as well as statistical issues in finance.

Currently editor of Real Estate Economics, the official publication of AREUEA; and associate editor of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, he previously served as associate editor for the Journal of Housing Economics, the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal and Economic Notes.

He previously taught at the University of Michigan and the London Business School. His consulting clients include various banks and financial institutions. Walter holds a BMath in Economics from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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