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Christopher Mayer is the Paul Milstein professor of real estate at Columbia Business School. His research explores topics in real estate and financial markets, including housing cycles, mortgage markets, debt securitization, and commercial real estate valuation. Mayer is also CEO of Longbridge Financial, an innovative reverse mortgage company focused on delivering responsible home equity products to older Americans to help finance retirement. Mayer is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a director of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, and a member of the Academic Advisory Boards for Standard and Poor’s and the Housing Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His research has received funding from the National Science Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Mayer is active in the media and advising policymakers. He has testified six times before Congress, written a paper for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and authored numerous op-eds in major publications. Mayer previously was senior vice dean at Columbia Business School and held positions at the Wharton School, the University of Michigan, Harvard Business School, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He earned a BS in math and economics from the University of Rochester with highest honors and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.