Professor Christian  Hilber

Professor Christian Hilber

Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

020 7107 5016
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STC 418a, St Clement's Building, LSE
Office Hours
Mondays: 16:15-17:45 (Book via LSE for You)
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English, French, German
Key Expertise
Housing markets, homeownership, housing supply, land use regulation

About me

Christian Hilber is Professor of Economic Geography. He is an Associate of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). Christian is also a member of the Academic Panel of the What Works Centre. He is the Director of LSE’s MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance

Christian holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1998) and an MSc in Business and Economics (1994) from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Prior to joining the LSE in 2003, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1999-2002) and an Economist at Fannie Mae (2002-2003).

Christian’s research concerns urban economics, real estate, housing and local public finance, and political economy. The core focus of his current research is on issues relating to housing and land supply, land use regulation, homeownership, education, agglomeration economies, and social capital. He has published in journals such as Review of Economics and StatisticsEconomic Journal, and Journal of Urban Economics

He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), as an Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics and of the Journal of Regional Science, and as a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Housing Economics. He is a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. He has served as a consultant to the H.M. Treasury and gave evidence to the National Audit Office and the H.M. Treasury Select Committee.

His work has been quoted in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, among other outlets, and was used as evidence in Hearings before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Christian has won numerous prizes for his research, teaching, and services to the research community (refereeing). 

His recent working papers, forthcoming publications, other publications and his CV can be viewed on his personal homepage.

Expertise Details

Urban and real estate economics; housing and land markets with focus on homeownership; house price capitalization; land and housing supply; land use regulations and property price dynamics

Countries and regions

Switzerland; UK; USA


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Selected publications

  • 'The Economic Implications of House Price Capitalization: A Synthesis', Real Estate Economics (forthcoming)
  • 'New Housing Supply and the Dilution of Social Capital', Journal of Urban Economics, 2010, Vol. 67, No. 3, 419-437. (PDF of working paper version)
  • 'Why Do Households Without Children Support Local Public Schools? Linking house price capitalization to school spending,' (with Christopher J. Mayer), Journal of Urban Economics, 2009, Vol. 65, No. 1, 74-90. (PDF of working paper version)
  • 'Office Supply Restrictions in Britain: The political economy of market revenge', (with Paul Cheshire), Economic Journal, 2008, Vol. 118, Issue 529, F185-F221. (PDF of working paper version)
  • 'An Empirical Test of the Theory of Sales: Do household storage constraints affect consumer and store behavior?', (with David Bell), Quantitative Marketing and Economics, 2006, Vol. 4, No. 2, 87-117. (lead article) (PDF of working paper version)
  • 'School Funding Equalization and Residential Location for the Young and the Elderly', (with Christopher J. Mayer) Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs2004, Issue 5, 107-148. (PDF of working paper version)


Land use planning; central government grants; fiscal decentralization; help to buy;homeownership subsidies; homeownership; house price capitalization; house prices; housing cycles; housing policies; housing supply; housing transfer taxes (stamp duty); land supply;local public finance; mortgage interest deduction; property taxes; real estate cycles;regulatory constraints; supply constraints; town centre first

My research