About the Author
Bertrand RENAUD is the former Housing Finance Adviser in the Financial Development Department of the World Bank where he worked on banking and financial development issues.
He has studied most East Asian countries, in particular Korea since the 1970s and China since 1988. Dr. Renaud was actively involved in technical assistance programs to affected countries following the Asia crisis. He is the co-editor with Koichi Mera of Asia's Financial Crisis and the Role of Real Estate. He is the lead author of Markets at Work: Dynamics of the Residential Real Estate Market in Hong Kong. Dr. Renaud has recently published with Kyung-Hwan Kim, journal articles on the global housing boom and its aftermath following the US subprime crisis. He has also published other books that do not focus on Asia; one of which appeared in seven languages.?He has taught at the University of Hawaii where he created the first courses on urban development in Asia and was a member of the Center for Korean Studies. He has also taught at Seoul National University, M.I.T. and Hong Kong University. ?Dr Renaud gained considerable comparative policy experience on housing and urban issues in advanced economies as Head of the Urban Affairs Division of the OECD in Paris. Dr. Renaud was the recipient of the Donald Robertson Award in the UK in 1995 for his work on urban reforms and real estate privatization in Russia. He is a Fellow of the Weimer Graduate School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, Homer Hoyt Institute. Dr. Renaud received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kyung-Hwan KIM is Professor of Economics at Sogang University in Seoul. Following his service as Academic Dean at Sogang, Professor Kim spent a sabbatical year at Singapore Management University where he lectured and did research on real estate, and in particular on real estate cycles. He is currently the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Republic of Korea. Professor Kim has considerable experience of East Asian economies where he has consulted in a number of countries for the World Bank and other organizations. He has been urban finance advisor to the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat). He is a past president of the Asian Real Estate Society and a Fellow of the Weimer Graduate School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, Homer Hoyt Institute. He is the co-author of the leading Korean urban economics text that has gone through several editions, and is also the co-author of the first Korean text in real estate economics that came out in September 2010. Professor Kim has been an adviser to the Korean government and is frequently asked by the media to participate in public policy debates on television and to write on current issues. He received his doctorate from Princeton University.
Man CHO is currently Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul where he directs the program in real estate and real estate finance. Before 2007, Professor Cho spent 15 years at Fannie Mae in the U.S. where he worked initially in the Office of Housing Research then became Director of Credit Risk analysis and later Director of Credit Finance. He is currently Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Real Estate Studies, National University of Singapore. Professor Cho received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.