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Chris Cunningham

Research Economist and Associate Adviser
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  • Biography

    Christopher C. Cunningham is a research economist and policy adviser in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Dr. Cunningham's work has examined issues of land development and housing supply, the intersection of mortgage and labor markets, the determinants and consequences of foreclosures, agglomeration and workers' skills, and the political economy of the property tax. He has published papers in leading journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Management Science, the Journal of Urban Economics, the National Tax Journal, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Dr. Cunningham has been a visiting scholar at Université Catholique de Louvain, Emory University, and Georgia State University. He received his PhD in economics in 2005 from Syracuse University and his undergraduate degree in economics from George Washington University.

  • Working Papers

    Atlanta Fed Working Papers


    The Good, the Bad and the Ordinary: Estimating Agent Value-Added Using Real Estate Transactions
    Chris Cunningham, Kristopher Gerardi, and Lily Shen
    September 2022 (Revised April 2023)
    Abstract | Full text Adobe PDF file format


    Foreclosure Externalities and Vacant Property Registration Ordinances
    Arnab Biswas, Chris Cunningham, Kristopher Gerardi, and Daniel Sexton
    November 2019
    Abstract | Full text Adobe PDF file format


    Fracking and Mortgage Default
    Chris Cunningham, Kristopher Gerardi, and Lily Shen
    March 2017 (revised October 2020)
    Abstract | Full text Adobe PDF file format


    Estimating the Holdout Problem in Land Assembly
    Chris Cunningham
    December 2013
    Abstract | Full text Adobe PDF file format (163 KB)

    Do Homeowners Associations Mitigate or Aggravate Negative Spillovers from Neighboring Homeowner Distress?
    Ron Cheung, Chris Cunningham, and Rachel Meltzer
    December 2013
    Abstract | Full text Adobe PDF file format (348 KB)


    Housing Wealth and Wage Bargaining
    Chris Cunningham and Robert R. Reed
    December 2012
    Abstract | Full text Adobe PDF file format (289 KB)


    Who Supports Portable Assessment Caps?: The Role of Lock-Ins, Tax Share, and Mobility
    Ron Cheung and Chris Cunningham
    Revised October 2010
    Abstract | Full text Adobe PDF file format (1.9 MB)

  • Other Fed Work



    M. Melinda Pitts, Julie L. Hotchkiss, Chris Cunningham, and Roozbeh Hosseini. "Labor Supply, Wages, and Inequality Conference: Day 1 Overview" Policy Hub: Macroblog. November 30, 2022.

    Chris Cunningham. "Do Freeway Lids Spur Development in Cities? Evidence from Dallas" Policy Hub: Macroblog. November 7, 2022.

    Chris Cunningham and Anthony W. Orlando. "Will Office Conversions Meet Housing Demand?" Policy Hub: Macroblog. October 11, 2022.


    Chris Cunningham. "Smart Growth and Rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast" 2006. EconSouth (2006 No2).

    Blog Posts

    Chris Cunningham and Kristopher Gerardi, "COVID-19 Mortgage Relief—The Role of Income Support," macroblog, May 27, 2020.

    Chris Cunningham and Mike Eriksen. "Tax Reform's Effect on Low-Income Housing." Atlanta Fed's Real Estate Research. March 2, 2018.

    Chris Cunningham. "Limiting Property Tax Assessment to Slow Gentrification." Atlanta Fed's Real Estate Research. March 27, 2014.


    Chris Cunningham. "How Fracking Affects Home Valuesvideo file" ECONversations. June 19, 2018.

    Podcast Episodes podcast

    Chris Cunningham. "Examining the Southeast's Water Supply." Southeastern Economic Perspectives. January 3, 2008.