Professor John Quigley

Leading Real Estate Scholar


John M. Quigley a leading scholar of housing markets, energy efficient buildings, homelessness, and racial discrimination in housing passed away in Berkeley on May 12. He was 70.


Quigley, the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor of Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, was a faculty member of the Haas School’s Real Estate Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the UC Berkeley Department of Economics. Quigley came to Berkeley in 1979 and since 1999 served as director of the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy, which is administered by the Goldman School of Public Policy and associated with the Haas School’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. He served as the Goldman School’s interim dean in 2008.


Quigley wrote 14 books and more than 150 scholarly articles, served on the editorial boards for more than two dozen journals, and served as a committee member for more than 100 PhD dissertations.


In the 1970s, Quigley showed, with John F. Kain, that racial segregation not only ghettoized black families, it also reduced their chances of developing savings through home ownership. Using statistical tools, their 1975 book Housing Markets and Racial Discrimination showed that blacks paid substantially more than whites for comparable housing in many cities. Quigley later showed how segregation reduced job opportunities for minority youth.


In the 1980s, Quigley began to study how government building regulations and voluntary energy standards affected energy efficiency in real estate. In recent work he showed that buildings complying with voluntary Energy Star or LEED standards receive higher rents and higher selling prices.


In the 1990s, Quigley showed how housing markets, especially those with limited low-quality and inexpensive rental housing, contributed to homelessness. In these markets, even the lowest priced housing was often too expensive for those in extreme poverty, and small reductions in supply due to higher government housing standards or demolition greatly elevated the risk of homelessness, he found.


In a highly influential and prescient 2001 article with Karl Case and Robert Shiller, Quigley anticipated the 2001-2006 economic expansion by showing that increases in housing wealth fueled consumer spending and macroeconomic growth. After the 2008 financial crisis, Quigley wrote about how better government policy and mortgage products could protect homeowners.


In addition to his teaching and research, Quigley advised more than 20 research and governmental agencies, including the World Bank, Urban Institute, and institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, and Sweden. With a deep love of Sweden,


Quigley wrote many articles on the Swedish economy. He was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2006 and received an honorary degree from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology in 2007.


Quigley is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Curran, and four children.


Professor Emeritus and Retail Expert Louis “Pete” Bucklin


Louis “Pete” Bucklin, a business professor at UC Berkeley for more than 30 years, passed away on June 16 at the age of 83.


Bucklin joined UC Berkeley’s School of Business Administration in 1960 as an assistant professor of marketing and became chair of the Marketing and International Business Group in 1970. Bucklin served as director of the school’s PhD program from 1971 to 1984 and as associate dean from 1981 to 1983.


Bucklin, a pioneer in marketing distribution and channel theory, authored several books and dozens of scholarly articles. His seminal monograph, A Theory of Distribution Channel Structure, published in 1966, has been a mainstay of the distribution channels literature over the past 40 years.


“In many ways, he can be seen as the father of the main ideas for the current research on distribution channels and industrial marketing,” says Professor J. Miguel Villas-Boas, chair of the Haas Marketing Group.


Bucklin received the American MarketingAssociation’s Paul D. Converse Award in 1986 for his significant and outstanding contribution to the theory and science in marketing. In 1993, the Journal of Marketing awarded Bucklin its Alpha Kappa Psi Award for best management article, and in 1998, MBA students honored Bucklin with the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Bucklin retired from the Haas School of Business in 1993, the same year his daughter, Rhonda, graduated from the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program. After retiring, Bucklin continued teaching various marketing courses as a professor emeritus until spring 2001.


Bucklin is survived by two children and five grandchildren.


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