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James  Follain

Senior Fellow
University at Albany
Department: Rockefeller Institute of Government

Housing and public policy; mortgage markets

Campus phone: (518) 443-5266
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Follain, a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, is an economist with extensive academic and other professional experience in the empirical analysis of housing and mortgage markets and public policies that affect them.

Follain has conducted research and written on the risks of mortgage lending, the tax treatment of housing, mortgage choice, suburbanization, property and land taxes, and the current mortgage crisis. He served as professor of economics and finance at the University of Illinois and Syracuse University.

He received his doctorate in economics from the University of California, Davis in 1976.

Follain is also on the faculty of UAlbany's Institute for Financial Market Regulation.