Anthony W. Orlando is an Assistant Professor in the Finance, Real Estate, & Law Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise at the University of Southern California. He is a contributor to the “Bill of Health” blog at Harvard Law School. His writings have appeared in the Huffington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Hazleton Standard-Speaker. 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 conducts research at the intersection of business and public policy. He is trained as an applied microeconomist with a focus on housing policy, health policy, and environmental policy.
His dissertation explores risks, returns, and optimal regulations in real estate markets. His job market paper measures the effect of credit markets on the distribution of housing prices. It leverages new quantile regression methodologies to recover the entire unconditional distribution in response to unexpected monetary policy decisions and the volume of mortgage lending.
His other work in housing policy includes a new book chapter analyzing market failures that led to the housing bubble and financial crisis; several reports studying the affordability of the “small and medium multifamily” housing stock; a new working paper measuring the effect of the Los Angeles business tax reform of 2004 on business establishments, employment, and property prices; and a working paper that measures the effect of land-use regulations and other constraints on housing supply at a local level over time.
His recent work in health policy explores the legal and ethical risks associated with technologies and wellness programs that encourage personal responsibility in health care. He has also published a new book chapter identifying sustainable financing mechanisms to invest in social determinants of health. In previous work, he analyzed the U.S. employer-sponsored health insurance system with projections for the future under the Affordable Care Act.
His new work in environmental policy estimates the effect of terrorism attacks and casualties on oil production in the Middle East and North Africa. This new working paper conducts an original test of the “Green Paradox” theory with implications for climate change.
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.