Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development

Department of Geography and Environment

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About me

Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt is Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development, having joined the Department of Geography and Environment in October 2009 as a Lecturer. He is the programme director of the MSc REEF, as well as contributing to the MSc RUPS.

Prior to joining the Department, he earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and worked as a research assistant for the Free University of Berlin. Dr Ahlfeldt is an Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), CESIfo, and an associate of the Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin. His research concentrates on the effect of large transport projects and architectural developments on local house prices, local political preferences and urban structure. He is also interested in how various agglomeration forces shape the spatial concentration of economic activity.

His work has been published in leading field journals (e.g. Journal of Urban Economics, Environment and Planning AJournal of Economic GeographyRegional Science and Urban EconomicsRegional StudiesReal Estate EconomicsUrban Studiesthe Annals of Regional Sciencethe Journal of Regional Sciencethe International Journal of Urban and Regional Research) as well as general interest journals (e.g. Econometrica, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society AEconomics LettersJournal of Economics and StatisticsGerman Economic Review). His results have also been disseminated to a wider public audience via television, radio and webTV (ARDRBBUBrainTV) as well as various print media (e.g. BZ, The Boston Globe, The Economist, The Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,  The TelegraphThe ObserverHandelsblattDer Tagesspiegel, Welt, Wirtschaftswoche). His research has recently been supported by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation, the German Science Foundation (DFG), the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines. This expertise has been commissioned by English Heritage  and the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce.


accessibility; building design quality; cultural and media geography; economic geography; economic history; empirical research; new economic geography; new urban economics; spatial economics

Countries and regions

Europe; Germany

Sectors and industries

Banking; Creative Industries and Culture

Selected publications

G. Ahlfeldt, D. McMillen: Tall Buildings and Land Values: Height and Construction Cost Elasticities in Chicago, 1870 – 2010, REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS, forthcoming

G. Ahlfeldt, N. Holman: Distinctively different: A new approach to valuing architectural amenities, ECONOMIC JOURNAL, forthcoming

G. Ahlfeldt, K. Moeller, S. Waights, N. Wendland (2017): Game of Zones: The political economy of conservation areas, ECONOMIC JOURNAL, 127, F421–F445

G. Ahlfeldt, P. Koutroumpis, T. Valletti (2017): Speed 2.0: Valuing universal access to digital highways, JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION, 15(3), 586-625

G. Ahlfeldt, S. Redding, D. Sturm, N. Wolf (2015): The economics of density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall. ECONOMETRICA, 83(6), 2127-2189

G. Ahlfeldt, A. Feddersen: From periphery to core: Measuring agglomeration economies using high speed rail. JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, forthcoming

G. Ahlfeldt, W. Maennig, F. Richter (2017): Urban renewal after the Berlin Wall: A place-based policy evaluation, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, 17(1), pp. 129-156

G. Ahlfeldt, W. Maennig (2015): Homevoters vs. leasevoters: A spatial analysis of airport effects. JOURNAL OF URBAN ECONOMICS, 87, 85-99

G. Ahlfeldt. K. Moeller, N. Wendland (2015): Chicken or Egg? The PVAR econometrics of transportation. JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, 15(6), 1169-1193

G. Ahlfeldt, N. Wendland (2013): How Polycentric is a Monocentric City: Centres, spillovers and hysteresis JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, 13(1), 53-83


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Portuguese [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Basic]; Spanish [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

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