James B. Kau, an emeritus professor and chairholder at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, is the 2018 recipient of the John M. Quigley Medal for Advancing Real Estate and Urban Economics. He is the fifth scholar to receive the lifetime professional honor.
Kau, who has been a UGA faculty member since 1973, is the longtime editor of the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. Along with many research articles, he is the co-author of a number of books including the textbook, Real Estate, published by McGraw-Hill, which was widely adopted by business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Kau was appointed to the Terry Distinguished Chair of Business Administration, beginning in 1988.
Awarded annually by the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the John M. Quigley Medal recognizes scholars whose work advances the academic fields of real estate, urban economics, public finance and regional science.
Recipients of the award are known for opening new avenues of academic inquiry, a record of mentoring scholars who have flourished, and changing private or public sector practices through the dissemination of their research.
Kau was awarded the medal at the association’s 53rd annual meeting, held Jan. 4-7, in Philadelphia. He will give the keynote address at the AREUEA National Conference in Washington, D.C., later this year.