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John McDonald, PhD

Professor Emeritus



Office Phone:

(312) 996-2683

Selected Publications

Postwar Urban America, Routledge, 2015
Rethinking Macroeconomics, 2nd ed., 2022


Economics of Urban Highway Congestion and Pricing, with E. d’Ouville and L.N. Liu, Kluwer, 1999.

Fundamentals of Urban Economics, Prentice-Hall, 1997.

Sources of Metropolitan Growth, edited with Edwin S. Mills, Rutgers University Press, 1991.

Economic Analysis of an Urban Housing Market, Academic Press, New York, 1979.

“Suburban Subcenters and Employment Density in Metropolitan Chicago,” Journal of Urban Economics, 43 (1998) pp. 157-180, with D. McMillen.

“Land Values in a Newly Zoned City,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 84 (2002) pp. 62-72, with D. McMillen.

Notable Honors

1995, Alumni Award for Distinguished Research, UIC College of Business Administration

2008, Fellow, Regional Science Association International

2013, David Ricardo Medal, American Real Estate Society


PhD, Yale, 1971

Professional Memberships

Interim Head, Department of Economics, UIC, 2008-2009
Interim Dean, College of Business Administration, UIC, 2004-2005

U.S. Editor, Urban Studies, 2001-present.

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, College of Business Administration, UIC 1999-2004.

Interim Head, Department of Finance, UIC, 1998-99.

Interim Head, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, UIC, 1998-99.

President, Illinois Economic Association, 1993-94

Editorial Board member: Journal of Urban Economics, 1989-present

Research Director, NCI Research, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 1988-93

Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Economics, 1982-86.

Selected Presentations

Urban economic development - theory and policy

Congestion pricing on urban highways

Land values and zoning

Urban real estate markets

Research Currently in Progress

Urban economics, Real Estate economics

U.S. Editor, Urban Studies, 2001-2005 (not present)
Editorial Board, JUE, 1989-2007 (not present)