Stephen L. Ross, PhD

Professor, Economics (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Professor Ross has conducted extensive research in urban economics especially in the areas of housing and mortgage lending discrimination, residential and school segregation, neighborhood effects in urban labor markets and peer effects and social interactions among youth. Professor Ross currently has active grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Development to study the spillover effect youth health behaviors on the choices of their friends and from the MacArthur Foundation to study the effect of home foreclosure on children’s educational outcomes. Professor Ross recently completed a grant from the Ford Foundation to study racial and ethnic differences in subprime lending in the years leading up to the recent crisis, and the credit market outcomes of minorities during the crisis. He was the research director for the 2000 Housing Discrimination Study and has consulted on numerous government, industry, and private fair housing and fair lending research and enforcement activities. He is the author of the Color of Credit published by MIT Press and has published extensively in prestigious academic journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, The American Economic Journal, the Journal of Urban Economics and Social Problems.


Ph.D. Economics, Syracuse University

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Economics
365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1063
Storrs, CT 06269-1063
Office LocationOak Hall, Room 346