Ron Cheung

  • Professor of Economics
  • Chair of Economics

Areas of Study


  • BS (First Class Honours), University of Alberta, 1998
  • MA, University of British Columbia, 1999
  • PhD, University of British Columbia, 2006


Ron Cheung (PhD, University of British Columbia, 2006) conducts research in public finance and urban economics. He is particularly interested in how the growing trend of homeowners’ associations has affected municipal budgets, local governance and property values.

In other research, he has explored property tax limitations, local elections, land use regulation and housing markets. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science & Urban Economics and the National Tax Journal.

He teaches classes in public economics and urban economics, a seminar on housing, as well as principles of economics and intermediate microeconomics.

Fall 2024

Principles of Economics — ECON 101
Public Economics — ECON 322

Spring 2025

Principles of Economics — ECON 101
Urban Economics — ECON 207


Ron Cheung Interviewed by "MoneyGeek"

April 17, 2024

Professor and Chair of Economics Ron Cheung was recently interviewed by MoneyGeek, a personal finance website, about buying a home in Ohio.

Economics Professor Ron Cheung Returns to "Jeopardy!"

January 24, 2024

Professor of Economics Ron Cheung was invited back to the Alex Trebek studio to compete in the Jeopardy! Season 39 Champions Wildcard. In this two-week tournament, Cheung and 26 other former champs compete for a spot in the Tournament of Champions. Cheung won his quarterfinal match, which aired Monday, January 22.

Ron Cheung Interviewed for Article

October 30, 2023

Professor Ron Cheung, chair of the Department of Economics, was interviewed for an article on rising and declining cities that appeared on FinanceBuzz, a site that provides news on finance topics. Cheung teaches and conducts research in public finance and urban economics, and also teaches a seminar on the economics of housing and real estate.

Ron Cheung is Featured Expert for

January 18, 2022

Professor of Economics Ron Cheung gave expert advice for two articles on credit cards published by one on credit ratings, and another on credit card rewards points.  

Regional Science and Urban Economics Publishes Ron Cheung

January 4, 2022

Professor of Economics Ron Cheung published the article, "Homeowner Associations and City Cohesion," in Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Ron Cheung Presents at National Tax Association Conference

November 20, 2018

Professor of Economics Ron Cheung presented on the topics of homeowners associations and city cohesion at the National Tax Association Conference in New Orleans.

Ron Cheung Gives Talk at Brock University

October 9, 2018

Professor of Economics Ron Cheung gave a talk at Brock University in Canada about household debt and local public finances.

Ron Cheung Collaborates

February 27, 2018

Economics Professor and Chair Ron Cheung collaborated with economics honors student Daniel Wetherell ’16 on getting an honors paper published after graduation.

Ron Cheung Interviewed about Homeowner Associations

February 9, 2018

Ron Cheung, associate professor of economics, was interviewed in an article about homeowner associations for the Arizona Republic.

Ron Cheung Interviewed

August 22, 2017

Associate Professor of Economics Ron Cheung was interviewed by City Lab, a publication of the Atlantic, about the history of homeowners associations in "When the City Sells Your Street."

Ron Cheung Presents Paper

November 24, 2015

Associate Professor of Economics Ron Cheung presented his paper “Household Debt and Local Public Finances” November 19 at the National Tax Association’s 108th Annual Conference on Taxation in Boston.

See a PDF of the program from the event.

Ron Cheung Publishes Paper

November 26, 2014

Ron Cheung, associate professor of Economics, along with coauthor Rachel Meltzer, has published the paper "Why and Where Do Homeowners Associations Form?" in CityScape, the policy journal published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To download the paper, visit here.

Ron Cheung Publishes Article

May 12, 2014

Associate Professor of Economics Ron Cheung has published an article entitled "How Are Home Owners Associations Capitalized Into Property Values" in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics. Co-authored with Rachel Meltzer, an associate professor of urban policy at The New School, it explores the affect of homeowners' associations on property values.