John McDonald is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He joined the faculty of the UIC in 1971 after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. At UIC he has served as Professor of Economics and Finance, Founding Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, and Interim Dean of the College of Business Administration. Other positions held include Research Director at NCI Research (Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University), and Adjunct Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.
Dr. McDonald is well known for his research in urban economics and real estate, and is listed in the current edition of Who's Who in Economics. He is the author of seven books. His first book, Economic Analysis of an Urban Housing Market, is a study of the housing market of metropolitan Chicago and was published in 1979. His textbook Fundamentals of Urban Economics appeared in 1997. His work on urban traffic congestion with Edmond d'Ouville and L. N. Liu was published in 1999 as Economics of Urban Highway Congestion and Pricing. Books include Urban America: Growth, Crisis, and Rebirth, and a textbook Urban Economics and Real Estate co-authored with John McMilllen.
Dr. McDonald was North American editor of Urban Studies from 2001 to 2005, and currently serves as editor of the Journal of Real Estate Literature. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Economics since 1989, and was President of the Illinois Economic Association during 1993-94.