About

Anthony W. Orlando is an Assistant Professor in the Finance, Real Estate, & Law Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He holds the titles of Donor’s Scholar of Analytics in the CPP College of Business Administration, Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Faculty Affiliate of the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise at the University of Southern California, and Faculty Affiliate of the USC Political Institutions and Political Economy Collaborative. He serves as the Managing Partner of the Orlando Investment Group, as well as the Co-Advisor of the Cal Poly Pomona Finance Society.

Orlando teaches and conducts research at the intersection of business, economics, and law. He is trained as an applied microeconomist with a focus on real estate, finance, and public policy.

His latest work in real estate, “Why Are Small and Medium Multifamily Properties So Inexpensive?” is forthcoming in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. Other recent work includes a working paper measuring the effect of Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments on surrounding house prices; a working paper estimating the effect of monetary policy on the distribution of house prices; and a working paper decomposing construction costs across geography, time, and building typology.

His latest work in finance, “Oil at Risk: Political Violence and Accelerated Carbon Extraction in the Middle East and North Africa,” has been requested for revision and resubmission at Energy Economics. Other recent work includes a working paper studying the intersection of hedge funds, systemic risk, and the market for mortgage-backed securities; a think tank report studying the role of foreign investment in U.S. real estate markets; and a book chapter and journal article analyzing market failures that led to the housing bubble and financial crisis.

His latest work in public policy, “The New Privacy Crisis: What’s Health Got to Do with It?” was published in the American Journal of Medicine. Other recent work includes a working paper making the case for Medicare to finance home safety renovations for the elderly; an article in the American Journal of Law & Medicine exploring the role of the 21st Century Cures Act in regulating “digital health” products; and a book chapter exploring the legal and ethical risks associated with technologies and wellness programs that encourage personal responsibility in health care.

In 2013, Orlando published Letter to the One Percent, a book addressed to the richest one percent of American households that tells the story of their extraordinary success — and how the other 99 percent of Americans missed out. Kirkus Reviews hailed it as a “powerful, compact primer on American economics.” Reese Schonfeld, the founding President and CEO of CNN, said it “should be read by every one of us.”

In the entertainment industry, Orlando oversees a portfolio of projects as president of Sugarloaf Productions. His latest feature films include Autumn Lights, for which he served as Executive Producer, and Lazy Eye, for which he served as Associate Producer. From 2017 to 2018, he hosted and produced the podcast “Our American Discourse,” sponsored by the USC Bedrosian Center.

Orlando received his bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a master’s in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s in professional writing from the University of Southern California. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy and management from the USC Price School of Public Policy.