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Joshua Buch, Ph.D.

Joshua Buch, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance


Dr. Buch is a Professor of Finance at La Salle University, Philadelphia.  He served as the Finance Department Chairperson for eight years, and is currently Coordinator of the Minor in International Studies.

He is teaching International Business, Global Finance, and Financial Markets and Institutions both on the undergraduate and graduate levels.  His recent research and professional activities center around mortgage-related issues such as the possible causes of the recent sub-prime crisis, mortgage origination fees, the various aspects of the APR, EU mortgage and housing-related issues, and more.  Articles on these topics were published in Real Estate Review, Real Estate Finance Journal, International Journal Of Bank Marketing, Management International Review, and other publications.

Why La Salle?

I have a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Temple. In both places I benefited from wonderful education hence I know something about universities in the greater Philadelphia area. La Salle is large enough in order to offer both my students and I all the services and facilities one can expect from a great educational institute.  However, it is also small enough so we can all feel like at home.  Small class, no teaching assistants, teaching and learning under these conditions are most enjoyable and rewarding.

Areas of Expertise

  • International/Global Business
  • International Finance
  • Mortgage and Housing related issues
  • Financial Markets and Institutions


  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Finance
  • International Business


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • MBA, Temple University
  • B.S., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Recent Publications

“Understanding The Housing Affordability Index”. Real Estate Review, (with Jan Ambrose) Vol. #43, #3 2013, pp. 5-19.

“The Greek and Irish Near Sovereign Default: Similarities and Differences”.   Real Estate Review, (with Jan Ambrose) Vol. #40, Summer 2011, pp. 3-16.

“Irish Bubble Trouble and Housing Phenomenon in Europe” Real Estate Review,   (with Jan Ambrose) Vol. 30 #3 Fall 2010, pp.5-21.

“The Integration of European Mortgage Credit markets: Progress and challenges” Real Estate Review,  (with Ken Rhoda) Vol. 39 #2, Summer 2010, pp. 3-18.