Introduction to JREFE Special Issue on the 2007 MCM
Published online: 18 September 2008
The Author(s) 2008. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
Abstract This article introduces the 2007 Maastricht-Cambridge-MIT Symposium
articles in this special issue. The introduction not only briefly describes each of the
four articles from that symposium included in this special issue, but also describes
the symposium including links to other papers and presentations of the symposium
not published in this issue.
Keywords MCM International Symposium
The 2007 Maastricht-Cambridge-MIT (MCM) International Symposium on Real Estate
Finance and Investment was hosted by MIT, October 12–14 at Cambridge, MA, USA.
This rendition of the annual symposium differed slightly from previous symposia in
the series by attempting to focus in some depth on a particular topic and subject area,
namely, real options applications to real estate development. However, papers
focusing on other topics were also presented at the conference, and are included in
the current special issue of the Journal. In this introduction we will first briefly review
the symposium and then introduce each of the four papers appearing in this issue.
As previously, the 2007 MCM Symposium contrasted with typical association
annual meetings by featuring longer, more in-depth paper presentations and
J Real Estate Finan Econ (2009) 38:1–4
Special thanks for contributing sponsorship also go to the National University of Singapore (NUS),
Department of Real Estate. Readers should note that, according to present plans, beginning in 2009
NUS will replace Cambridge University as the third “leg” of this annual symposium series.
Limburg Institute of Financial Economics, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands
D. Geltner (*)
Center for Real Estate and George Macomber Professor of Real Estate Finance,
Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, MA, USA