Tidwell, Real Estate Program Ranked in Top Ten for Research Productivity


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The real estate program at The University of Alabama and one of its faculty members were ranked in the top 10 according to worldwide rankings that measure research productivity in the top three real estate journals.

In the ninth edition of the Real Estate Academic Leadership (REAL) rankings for institutions and authors, the Journal of Real Estate Literature listed The University of Alabama No. 6, tied with the College of William & Mary, the University of Regensburg, and the University of Texas – El Paso. Among the top 25 authors who published articles from 2019-2023, UA’s Alan Tidwell was ranked tied for No. 10, submitting nine articles that appeared in the Journal of Real Estate Research, The Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, and Real Estate Economics.

“The REAL rankings demonstrate how Dr. Tidwell and his colleagues uphold our highest research standard at Culverhouse,” said Kay Palan, dean of UA’s Culverhouse College of Business.

The REAL rankings are based on research productivity from 2019 through Sept. 1, 2023, in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics; The Journal of Real Estate Research; and Real Estate Economics. The rankings include 662 articles from 1,037 authors across 528 institutions.

According to the Journal of Real Estate Literature, the rankings “highlight the people making the greatest contributions to real estate knowledge as measured by publication output” in those journals over the past five years.

Tidwell is an associate professor of finance, the Alabama Association of Realtors Chair of Real Estate, director of the real estate program at The University of Alabama, and current vice president and program chair of the American Real Estate Society. His research has been presented at academic conferences such as the American Real Estate Society, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and Financial Management Association.

“The recent rise in rankings of The University of Alabama in rankings, from being unranked to tying for 15th place last year and now reaching 6th place (tied) after previously being unranked is a testament to the collaborative effort of our College and Department faculty in economics and finance, alongside the contributions of our doctoral students. This collective effort plays a pivotal role in advancing our research-based rankings,” Tidwell said.

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