Family and Consumer Studies
Zhou Yu is interested in housing economics, particularly among immigrants and in the urban context. His research examines immigrant incorporation, with a particular focus on their residential behaviors. Currently, he is working with Dowell Myers at the University of Southern California to decipher why some immigrant groups have substantially higher homeownership than others and whether rising household formation has contributed to the recent rise in national homeownership. In addition, he has studied housing reform in urban China and found a rapidly growing gap in housing consumption.
His peer-reviewed publications have appeared in journals such as, Housing Policy Debate, Real Estate Economics, and Urban Studies. His research has been supported by institutions such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Urban China Research Network, Lambda Alpha International’s Land Economics Foundation, and the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies. Having two graduate degrees in urban planning, he has a keen interest in community issues and tries to weave those issues into classroom lessons.