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  • Associate Professor of Economics
  • Chair of Economics


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


Ron Cheung (Ph.D., 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 EconomicsRegional Science & Urban Economics and the National Tax Journal. He teaches classes in public economics and urban economics, as well as principles of economics and intermediate microeconomics.


Fall 2016

ECON 322 - Public Economics: TR 11:00-12:15pm
ECON 448 - Seminar: Economics of Housing and Real Estate: T 1:00-2:50pm
ECON 955-02 - Private Reading

Spring 2017

ECON 101-03 - Principles of Economics: TR 11:00-12:15pm
ECON 207 - Urban Economics: TR 3:00-4:15pm
ECON 995-02 - Private Reading


  • 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 intervied 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.