Michael J. Seiler

Michael J. Seiler

J.E. Zollinger Professor of Real Estate & Finance

Area: Real Estate & Finance
Phone: 757-585-6100
Email: [[w|mjseiler]]
Office: Miller Hall 3095
CV: {{https://mason.wm.edu/faculty/documents/seiler_2024_cv.pdf, PDF}}


Dr. Michael J. Seiler is the J. Edward Zollinger Professor of Finance & Real Estate at the College of William & Mary. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, and a Visiting Professor at MIT, Johns Hopkins University and the Australian National University. A former hedge fund Chief Economist, Dr. Seiler is an internationally recognized behavioral real estate researcher whose studies have been cited in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, LA Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post. He has published approximately 200 research studies/books, and serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Research. Michael received the James A. Graaskamp Award which recognizes extraordinary iconoclastic thought/action throughout a person’s career in the development of a multi-disciplinary philosophy of real estate in the areas of behavioral real estate and decision-making, as well as the Richard Ratcliff Award which recognizes a scholar who has created a significant single innovative research contribution that extends the real estate discipline, introduces a new paradigm, and pushes the envelope of real estate knowledge. Past President of the American Real Estate Society, Dr. Seiler is currently the #1 ranked real estate researcher, and actively serves as an expert witness and consults in the areas of behavioral and experimental real estate and finance. 

Understanding the CARES Act

Debt Collection and the Decoy Effect


Resolving Toxic Mortgage Debt


Left-Most Digit Effect


Recent Accomplishments

2017: Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) Author Ranking: #1 out of 888 authors.

Areas of Interest/Expertise
  • Behavioral and Experimental Real Estate
  • Portfolio Management
  • Brokerage
Published In

Real Estate Journals: Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, Appraisal Journal, and Journal of Housing Research, among others.

Finance and Economics Journals: Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Economic Psychology, Review of Behavioral Finance, Advances in Behavioral Finance & Economics, Financial Review, and Journal of Portfolio Management, among others.