Cynthia Kroll is a senior regional economist for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at UC Berkeley. Her expertise is in real estate markets, California economic trends, and a wide variety of industry and public policy matters. Most recently, she has looked into the globalization of high tech and services sectors, including the real estate industry; the transforming housing market and California's future; affordable housing policy in California; the effects of the credit crisis on California's economy and public sector revenues; state and national responses to the housing and credit crisis; and Bay Area firm births, deaths and relocations through the dot-com boom and bust. She has also written on international tourism and real estate; human capital in the San Francisco Bay Area; the evolving role of the World Wide Web, construction defect litigation and condominium construction, the changing defense industry and base closures; the social and real estate consequences of natural disaster, and local social and economic consequences of natural resource use. She holds masters and doctoral degrees from U.C. Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning.