Real Estate Staff

Itzhak Ben-David, Director

Itzhak Ben-David 

Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

Professor Itzhak (“Zahi”) Ben-David is the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He serves as the Academic Director of the Ohio State Center for Real Estate. He teaches real estate and finance classes to MBA students. Dr. Ben-David has published in top finance and economics journals, such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. His work in recent years investigates the role of intermediaries in precipitating the housing bubble, and the aftermath of the housing crisis. Dr. Ben-David holds an MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Chicago, as well as a BS and MS in industrial engineering, and a BA in accounting from Tel-Aviv University, and an MS in finance from London Business School.

Jana Hrdinová, Program Manager

Jana Hrdinova

Jana Hrdinová is the Program Manager at the Ohio State Center for Real Estate. Prior to coming to the Center Jana was a Program Associate at Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was responsible for project development, planning, implementation, management, analysis, and writing. Prior to entering the academic world, Jana worked for U.S. Senator (Minnesota) Mark Dayton as deputy director for constituent services concentrating predominantly on immigration issues. In addition to assisting constituents with problems regarding federal agencies, Jana conducted outreach to Minnesota’s African-immigrant and African-American communities, and advised Senator Dayton on immigration, worker’s compensation, and postal service policy issues. Jana holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.