Biography and Research Papers
Associate Professor Rena Sivitanidou joined the faculty of the former USC School of Urban and Regional Planning in 1991, after having received her PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was an outstanding teacher, researcher and colleague. She holds the distinction of having won the Planning and Development Outstanding Teacher Award for every one of the eight years she taught at USC.
Her contributions to the Master of Real Estate Development program centered on the magnificent way in which she taught market analysis. She also took great pride in teaching students of planning and development at all levels. The students knew her as dedicated, persistent, sympathetic, and available at almost any hour of the day or night.
Professor Sivitanidou was passionate about her research. She was committed to helping us better understand the nature and dynamics of land rents. She has authored and published numerous papers on this topic, and her publications have appeared in the top journals of her field. Her research is widely known as being creative, rigorous and applicable to real estate development. She was a leading scholar both in the USC Price School of Public Policy, and in the Lusk Center for Real Estate. Rena Sivitanidou was a highly respected colleague, a good friend, and most of all a wonderful mentor to large numbers of students.
The Collected Works of Professor Rena Sivitanidou - 1958 - 2000
The Workings of Urban Real Estate Markets
Book Introduction, 17 KB [PDF]
Part I: Introduction, 15 KB [PDF]
"Wage and Rent Capitalization in the Commercial Real Estate Market", 5.62 MB [PDF], Journal of Urban Economics, 31(2): 206-229
"Urban Spatial Variations in Commercial Rents: The Role of Spatial Amenities and Commercial Zoning", 1.29 MB [PDF], Journal of Urban Economics, 38(1): 23-49
"Do Office-Commercial Firms Value Access to Service Employment Centers? A Hedonic Value Analysis in the Los Angeles PMSA", 316 KB [PDF] Journal of Urban Economics, 40(2): 125-149
"Are Center Access Advantages Weakening? The Case of Office-Commercial Markets", 183 KB [PDF] Journal of Urban Economics, 42(1): 79-97
Part 2 Introduction, 12 KB [PDF]
"The Intrametropolitan Distribution of R&D Activities: Theory and Empirical Evidence", 84 KB [PDF] Journal of Regional Science, 35(3): 391- 415
"The Location of Knowledge-Based Activities: The Case of Computer Software", 270 KB [PDF] in Innovation, Networks, and Localities, (refereed research volume), edited by M. Fischer, L. Suarez-Villa, and M. Steiner (Springer-Verlag), pp. 109-154
"Warehouse and Distribution Facilities and Community Attributes: An Empirical Study", 297 KB [PDF] Environment and Planning A, 28(7): 1261-1278
"Industrial Rent Differentials: The Case of Greater Los Angeles", 61 KB [PDF] Environment and Planning A, 27(7): 1133-1146
Part 3 Introduction, 13 KB [PDF]
"Office Capitalization Rates: Why Do they Vary Across Metropolitan Office Markets?", 44 KB [PDF] Real Estate Issues, 21(2): 34-39
"Office Capitalization Rates, 1985-1995: Real Estate and Capital Market Influences", 99 KB [PDF] Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics,18(3): 297-322
"Exploring Capitalization Rate Differentials Across Property Types", 49 KB [PDF] Real Estate Issues, 22(3): 47-54
"Does the Theory of Irreversible Investments Help Explain Movements in Office-Commercial Construction?", 116 KB [PDF] Real Estate Economics, 28(4)