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, “Small and Medium Multifamily Housing: Affordability and Availability,” has been requested for revision and resubmission at Housing Studies. Other recent work includes a forthcoming article in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics analyzing why small and medium multifamily properties are relatively inexpensive; a working paper measuring the effect of Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments on surrounding house prices; a working paper revealing the long-term effects of redlining on the built environment; and a working paper estimating the vertical returns to scale in residential construction.

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, “Breaking Down Silos to Improve Elderly Health: The Case for Medicare to Cover Home Safety Renovations,” was published in Ageing Research Reviews. Other recent work includes a working paper proposing a new policy approach to protect data subjects’ genetic privacy; a working paper outlining how to tame the COVID-19 pandemic without endangering genetic privacy; an article in the American Journal of Medicine delineating the privacy risks raised by new “digital health” products; and an article in the American Journal of Law & Medicine exploring the role of the 21st Century Cures Act in regulating these products.

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. 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.