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National University of Singapore
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DR. YONG TU is an associate professor in the Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. She holds a PhD in Economics from Napier University, Edinburgh, U.K. and was a Post-Doctoral research fellow in the Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow. Prior joining the NUS faculty, she was a lecturer in the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

  • Urban and real estate economics 
  • Property price index construction
  • Housing market and public policy
  • Environmental research, green building management and green behaviors

  • Ph.D. Economics, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK                         1995.
  • M.Sc  Economics and Statistics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China   1987.
  • B.Sc  Mathematics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China                        1984.



Citation counts based on Scopus: 321  , h-index: 10.

  1. The Impacts of Openness on Air Quality in China, with P. Li, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS 19(2) (2014).
  2. Property Rights and Housing Value: the Impacts of Political Instability, with H. Bao, REAL ESTATE ECONOMICS, 37(2) (2009).
  3. Housing Price Dynamics and Housing Turnovers: Empirical Evidence From Singapore Condominium Market, with S.E. Ong, and Y.H. Han, JOURNAL OF REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND ECONOMICS, 38 (2009).
  4. Transaction Based Office Price Indexes: a Spatio Temporal Modeling Approach, with S.M.Yu and H. Sun, REAL ESTATE ECONOMICS, 32 (2) (2004).
  5. Are There Investor Clienteles In Rental Housing, with G. Wood, REAL ESTATE ECONOMICS, 32 (3) (2004).
  6. Economic Perspectives on the Structure of Local Housing System, with D. Maclennan, HOUSING STUDIES 11(3) (1996).


Undergraduate/Master Modules

  • Urban Economics
  • Housing Market and Policies
  • Research Methodology (Quantitative Reasonings)


PhD Program

  • Research Methodology in Real Estate
  • Topics in Real Estate Research


PhD Supervised

1. Wang You Rong, Urban Land Supply, Urban Growth, and Housing Prices in China,  awarded July 2014

2. Qiu Lei Ju, Information, Search Efficiency, and Neighborhood Social Interactions in Residential Housing Choice, awarded July 2015


PhD Supervision in progress

1.  Zhang Yan Jiang   Housing prices

2.  Yi Fang Xin            Resilience of a city

3.  Zhu Ji Ren             Peri Urbanization

4. Zhang Dan Lei        Green management and Green behaviors


International Corresponding Editor for “Urban Studies”. The appointment is for the period 1st  March 2015 to 28th February 2017.

Journal reviewer for a variety of journals.


Scholarly Honours And Awards Homer Hoyt Post Doctoral Award 2006

3rd Prize in Best Paper Award, in the GCREC July 6-9, 2015, Washington, the USA.

  Last Modified: 2015-08-12