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 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, “Returns to Scale in Residential Construction: The Marginal Impact of Building Height,” is forthcoming at Real Estate Economics. Other recent work includes a forthcoming article in Housing Studies analyzing the affordability and availability of small and medium multifamily (SMMF) housing properties across the United States; an article in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science estimating the effect of local income inequality on homelessness; an article in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics investigating why SMMF properties are relatively inexpensive; and a working paper measuring the effect of Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments on surrounding house prices.
His latest work in finance, “Oil at Risk: Political Violence and Accelerated Carbon Extraction in the Middle East and North Africa,” was published in 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, “Locked Out: Unemployment and Homelessness in the Covid Economy,” was released by the Economic Roundtable and covered in the Los Angeles Times. Other recent work includes an article in the Indiana Health Law Review proposing a new legal framework to protect relatives of genetic database subjects; an article in Trends in Genetics outlining how to prevent genetic discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic; an article in Ageing Research Reviews making the case for Medicare to cover home safety renovations for older adults; and a working paper analyzing the history of the U.S. federal tax code and its role in income inequality.
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 has produced the feature films Autumn Lights and Lazy Eye. 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.