Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development

Department of Geography and Environment


Tel: [+44] (0)20 7852 3785

Room: STC 4.08|, St Clement's Building, LSE

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 heavily involved in the teaching of the core courses of the MSc REEF| programme, 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.Environment and Planning A, Journal of Economic GeographyRegional Science and Urban Economics, Regional StudiesReal Estate Economics, Urban Studies, the Annals of Regional Science, the Journal of Regional Science, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research) as well as general interest journals (e.g. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, Economics Letters, Journal of Economics and Statistics, German Economic Review). His results have also been disseminated to a wider public audience via television, radio and webTV (ARD, RBB, UBrainTV) as well as various print media (e.g. The Telegraph, The Economist, The Observer, BZ, Der Tagesspiegel, Handelsblatt, Rail Technology Magazin). 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.

  • Empirical Research
  • New Urban Economics
  • New Economic Geography
  • Accessibility
  • Building Design Quality
  • Spatial Economics
  • Cultural & Media Geography

Selected recent publications:

  • G. Ahlfeldt, S. Redding, D. Sturm, N. Wolf: On the economics of density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall. ECONOMETRICA, forthcoming

LSE and English Heritage report reveals the value of conservation areas|

Houses in conservation areas sell at a premium and rise in value quicker than those elsewhere in the UK, according to new research from Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt and Dr Nancy Holman|.

Their large-scale analysis of the effects of conservation areas on house prices in England was funded by English Heritage|.


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