Overman, Henry


Professor Henry Overman  

Department

Position held

Department of Geography and Environment

Professor of Economic Geography

Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

Director

Experience keywords:

economics of cities; regional policy; urban policy; economics of regeneration; economics of planning; housing

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Henry Overman, BSc. (Bristol), Msc. (LSE), PhD. (LSE) is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He was formerly director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

His current research interests include the causes and consequences of spatial disparities and the impact of urban and regional policy. His research has been published in leading economics journals (The Review of Economics Studies and The Quarterly Journal of Economics) and leading economic geography journals (Environment and Planning and Journal of Economic Geography). He continues to publish in journals from both disciplines as well as editing the inter-disciplinary Journal of Economic Geography.

He has provided policy advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, Department for International Development, Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance and the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Construction and Property

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe

Media experience:

RadioTV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6581

Publications

LSE Research Online, Funnelback Search

Gibbons, Steve and Nathan, Max and Overman, Henry G. (2014) Evaluating spatial policies Town Planning Review, 85 (4). 427-432. ISSN 0041-0020

2013

Gibbons, Stephen and Overman, Henry G. and Pelkonen, Panu (2013) Area disparities in britain: understanding the contribution of people vs. place through variance decompositions Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, online. n/a-n/a. ISSN 0305-9049

Faggio, Giulia and Overman, Henry G. (2013) The effect of public sector employment on local labour markets Journal of Urban Economics, 79. 91-107. ISSN 0094-1190

Helmers, Christian and Overman, Henry G. (2013) My Precious! the location and diffusion of scientific research: evidence from the synchrotron diamond light source SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0131. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Nathan, Max and Overman, Henry G. (2013) Agglomeration, clusters, and industrial policy Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 29 (2). 383-404. ISSN 0266-903X

2012

Overman, Henry G. (2012) The impact of government grants: employment up, productivity down British Politics and Policy at LSE (1 Feb 2012) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2012) Cities have largely rejected elected mayors: the focus should now be on further city deals British Politics and Policy at LSE (4 May 2012) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2012) Should we build on the greenbelt? British Politics and Policy at LSE (3 Jul 2012) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2012) NHS competition: bad science or bad blogging? British Politics and Policy at LSE (6 Mar 2012) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2012) Investing in the UK’s most successful cities is the surest recipe for national growth British Politics and Policy at LSE (26 Jan 2012) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2012) Critics of the planning reforms are wrong to suggest the availability of sites with planning permissions means supply is no longer the major issue in the medium to long term British Politics and Policy at LSE (11 Sep 2012) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2012) The National Trust’s report on land-use planning systems is two steps in the right direction, one step backwards British Politics and Policy at LSE (17 Feb 2012) Blog entry

Gibbons, Stephen and Overman, Henry G. (2012) Mostly pointless spatial econometrics Journal of Regional Science, 52 (2). 172-191. ISSN 0022-4146

D'Costa, Sabine and Gibbons, Stephen and Overman, Henry G. and Pelkonen, Panu (2012) Agglomeration and labour markets: the impact of transport investments on labour market outcomes In: Crescenzi, Riccardo and Percoco, Marco, (eds.) Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance. Advances in spatial science. Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 263-280. ISBN 9783642333941

Overman, Henry G. (2011) Big ideas: economic geography Centrepiece, 15 (3). 10-13. ISSN 1362-3761

Overman, Henry G. (2011) Separating out whether individual or community factors drive rioting is difficult. We should be very wary about believing anyone who claims to know otherwise British Politics and Policy at LSE (9 Aug 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2011) Budget 2011: Enterprise zones: right diagnosis, wrong treatment? British Politics and Policy at LSE (23 Mar 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2011) Open evaluation of new Enterprise Zones stands to increase understanding of the impact of urban policy at little cost Impact of Social Sciences Blog (6 Jul 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2011) Nick Clegg’s speech on ‘Plan A plus’ shows that the government’s fiscal position is increasingly limiting its options to stimulate the economy British Politics and Policy at LSE (14 Sep 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2011) The government’s growth review shows the need for serious debate on planning reforms British Politics and Policy at LSE (1 Apr 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2011) The government’s new draft national planning policy framework focuses the planning system on redevelopment too greatly rather than on new development British Politics and Policy at LSE (28 Jul 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2011) Ed Miliband’s plans to reward ‘good firms’ sounds good in theory but will be very difficult to implement in practice British Politics and Policy at LSE (29 Sep 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. and Gibbons, Stephen (2011) In unequal Britain who you are is much more important than where you live in determining earnings British Politics and Policy at LSE (11 Nov 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. and Gibbons, Stephen (2011) Unequal Britain: how real are regional disparities? Centrepiece, 17 (1). 23-25. ISSN 1362-3761

Overman, Henry G. (2011) Government proposals that local councils can retain business rates will give incentives for growth, but with some funding inequalities across councils British Politics and Policy at LSE (22 Jul 2011) Blog entry

Overman, Henry G. (2011) The chronic under-supply of housing in Britain may lead to rising rents and house prices. The government’s planning reforms may go some way to encouraging more development, but stronger incentives are needed. British Politics and Policy at LSE (30 Aug 2011) Blog entry

Duranton, Gilles and Gobillon, Laurent and Overman, Henry G. (2011) Assessing the effects of local taxation using microgeographic data Economic Journal, 121 (555). 1017-1046. ISSN 0013-0133

Overman, Henry G. (2011) London’s employment mix and the bank bailouts have helped it avoid the worst of the recession, but things do not look so rosy for the capital’s poor British Politics and Policy at LSE (20 Jan 2011) Blog entry

Gibbons, Stephen and Overman, Henry G. and Resende, Guilherme (2011) Real earnings disparities in Britain SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0065. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK.

Ball, Michael and Barker, Kate and Cheshire, Paul and Evans, Alan and Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Gordon, Ian and Holman, Nancy and Leunig, Tim and Mace, Alan and Meen, Geoff and Monk, Sarah and Overman, Henry G. and Power, Anne and Scanlon, Kathleen and Rode, Philipp and Tonkiss, Fran and Travers, Tony and Whitehead, Christine M E (2011) The government’s planned National Planning Policy Framework is a step in the right direction, but policy makers must ensure they get the incentives right, and that decisions are made locally British Politics and Policy at LSE (17 Oct 2011) Blog entry

2010

Wrigley, N. and Overman, Henry G. (2010) The 10th year of the Journal of Economic Geography: a decade of high impact publication Journal of Economic Geography, 10 (1). 1-8. ISSN 1468-2702

Gibbons, Stephen and Lyytikainen, Teemu and Overman, Henry G. and Sanchis-Guarner, Rosa and Laird, James (2010) Evaluating the productivity impacts of road transport schemes: report on pilot study findings Department for Transport.

Overman, Henry G. (2010) Gis a job: what use geographical information systems in spatial economics Journal of Regional Science, 50 (1). 165-180. ISSN 0022-4146

Centre for Economic Performance, and Machin, Stephen and Van Reenen, John and Wadsworth, Jonathan and Marie, Olivier and McNally, Sandra and Cooper, Zack and McGuire, Alistair and Bell, Brian and Garicano, Luis and Petrongolo, Barbara and Cunningham, Tom and Ilzetzki, Ethan and Overman, Henry G. and Martin, Ralf (2010) CEP election analysis 2010: a series discussing the research evidence on some of the key battlegrounds of the 2010 General Election Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. and Rice, Patricia and Venables, Anthony J. (2010) Economic linkages across space Regional Studies, 44 (1). 17-33. ISSN 0034-3404

Gibbons, Steve and Overman, Henry G. (2010) Mostly pointless spatial econometrics? SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0061. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London, UK.

Gibbons, Stephen and Overman, Henry G. and Pelkonen, Panu (2010) Wage disparities in Britain: people or place? SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0060. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. (2010) Urban renewal and regional growth: muddled objectives and mixed progress CEP Election Analysis, CEPEA014. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Center of Economic Performance, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. (2010) LSE centre for economic performance: urban renewal and regional growth: muddled objectives and mixed progress British Politics and Policy at LSE (27 Apr 2010) Blog entry

2009

Gibbons, Stephen and Overman, Henry G. (2009) Productivity in transport evaluation studies Department for Transport.

Overman, Henry G. and Gibbons, Stephen and Tucci, Alessandra (2009) The case for agglomeration economies Manchester Independent Economic Review, Manchester, UK.

Overman, Henry G. and Gibbons, Stephen and D'Costa, Sabine and Mion, Giordano and Pelkonen, Panu and Resende, Guilherme and Thomas, Mike (2009) Strengthening economic linkages between Leeds and Manchester: feasibility and implications The Northern Way, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Overman, Henry G. and Gibbons, Stephen and D'Costa, Sabine and Mion, Giordano and Pelkonen, Panu and Resende, Guilherme and Thomas, Mike (2009) Strengthening economic linkages between Leeds and Manchester: feasibility and implications: full report The Northern Way, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Overman, Henry G. (2009) "Gis a job": what use geographical information systems in spatial economics? SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0026. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

2008

Eid, Jean and Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego and Turner, Matthew A. (2008) Fat city: questioning the relationship between urban sprawl and obesity Journal of Urban Economics, 63 (2). 385-404. ISSN 0094-1190

Duranton, Gilles and Overman, Henry G. (2008) Exploring the detailed location patterns of UK manufacturing industries using microgeographic data Journal of Regional Science, 48 (1). 213-243. ISSN 0022-4146

Overman, Henry G. and Rice, Patricia (2008) Resurgent cities and regional economic performance SERC policy papers, SERCPP001. Spatial Economics Research Centre, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego (2008) Labour pooling as a source of agglomeration: an empirical investigation SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0006. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Leunig, Tim and Overman, Henry G. (2008) Spatial patterns of development and the British housing market Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 24 (1). 59-78. ISSN 0266-903X

Ioannides, Yannis Menelaos and Overman, Henry G. and Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban and Schmidheiny, Kurt (2008) The effect of information and communication technologies on urban structure Economic Policy, 23 (54). 201-242. ISSN 0266-4658

Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego and Turner, Matthew A. (2008) Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States Regional Science and Urban Economics, 38 (5). 487-497. ISSN 0166-0462

2007

Ioannides, Yannis M. and Overman, Henry G. and Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban and Schmidheiny, Kurt (2007) The effect of information and communication technologies on urban structure CEPDP, 812. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9780853280255

Overman, Henry G. and Rice, Patricia and Venables, Anthony J. (2007) Economic linkages across space CEPDP, 805. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9780853281825

Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego and Turner, Matthew A. (2007) Decomposing the growth in residential land in the United States CEPDP, 778. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753019957

2006

Burchfield, Marcy and Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego and Turner, Matthew (2006) Causes of sprawl: a portrait from space Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121 (2). 587-633. ISSN 0033-5533

Duranton, Gilles and Overman, Henry G. (2006) Exploring the detailed location patterns of UK manufacturing industries using microgeographic data CEPDP, 756. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, UK. ISBN 0753020629

Eid, Jean and Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego and Turner, Matthew (2006) Fat city: the relationship between urban sprawl and obesity CEPDP, 758. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753020645

Duranton, Gilles and Gobillon, Laurent and Overman, Henry G. (2006) Assessing the effects of local taxation using microgeographic data CEPDP, 748. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753020548

Overman, Henry G. and Winters, L. Alan (2006) Trade shocks and industrial location: the impact of EEC accession on the UK CEP discussion paper 588. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

2005

Combes, Pierre Philippe and Duranton, Gilles and Overman, Henry G. (2005) Agglomeration and the adjustment of the spatial economy Papers in Regional Science, 84 (3). 311-349. ISSN 1056-8190

Combes, Pierre-Philippe and Duranton, Gilles and Overman, Henry G. (2005) Agglomeration and the adjustment of the spatial economy CEP Discussion Paper No 689. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. and Winters, L Alan (2005) The port geography of UK international trade Environment and Planning A, 37 (10). 1751-1768. ISSN 0308-518X

Overman, Henry G. and Venables, Anthony J. (2005) Cities in the developing world CEPDP, 695. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753018756

Duranton, Gilles and Overman, Henry G. (2005) Testing for localization using micro-geographic data Review of Economic Studies, 72 (4). 1077-1106. ISSN 1467-937X

2004

Midelfart, Karen-Helene and Overman, Henry G. and Redding, Stephen (2004) The location of European industry In: Dierx, Adriaan and Ilzkovitz, Fabienne and Sekkat, Khalid, (eds.) European Integration and the Functioning of Product Markets. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 113-170. ISBN 1843763931

Overman, Henry G. and Winters, L. Alan (2004) The geography of UK international trade CEPDP, 606. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753017075

Overman, Henry G. (2004) Can we learn anything from economic geography proper? Journal of Economic Geography, 4 (5). 501-516. ISSN 1468-2710

Ioannides, Yannis and Overman, Henry G. (2004) Spatial evolution of the US urban system Journal of Economic Geography, 4 (2). 131-156. ISSN 1468-2710

Combes, Pierre-Philippe and Overman, Henry G. (2004) The spatial distribution of economic activities in the European Union In: Henderson, J. V. and Thisse, J. F., (eds.) Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics: Cities and Geography. Handbooks in economics, 4. North Holland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2845-2910. ISBN 9780444509673

2003

Midelfart-Knarvik, Karen Helene and Overman, Henry G. and Venables, Anthony (2003) Monetary union and the economic geography of Europe Journal of Common Market Studies, 41 (5). 847-868. ISSN 1747-5244

Redding, Stephen and Midelfart-Knarvik, Karen Helene and Overman, Henry G. and Venables, Anthony J. (2003) Integration and specialization in the European Union In: Basevi, G. and Donato, V. and O'Connell, A., (eds.) Real Effects of Regional Integration in the European Union and the Mercosur. University de Bologna en Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 33-48.

Overman, Henry G. (2003) Can we learn anything from economic geography proper? CEPDP, 586. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016648

Ioannides, Yannis Menelaos and Overman, Henry G. (2003) Zipf’s law for cities : an empirical examination Regional Science and Urban Economics, 33 (2). 127-137. ISSN 0166-0462

Overman, Henry G. and Redding, Stephen and Venables, Anthony (2003) The economic geography of trade, production and income : a survey of empirics In: Choi, E. Kwan and Harrigan, James, (eds.) Handbook of International Trade. Blackwell handbooks in economics. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Massachussetts, 353-387. ISBN 0631211616

Combes, Pierre-Philippe and Overman, Henry G. (2003) The spatial distribution of economic activities in the European Union CEPDP, 587. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016656

2002

Overman, Henry G. (2002) The future of cities Economic Review, 20 (1). 2-4.

Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego (2002) Unemployment clusters across Europe's regions and countries Economic Policy, 17 (34). 115-148. ISSN 0266-4658

Midelfart-Knarvik, Karen Helene and Overman, Henry G. (2002) Delocation and European integration: is structural spending justified? Economic Policy, 17 (35). 321-359. ISSN 0266-4658

Midelfart-Knarvik, Karen Helene and Overman, Henry G. and Redding, Stephen and Venables, Anthony J. (2002) Integration and industrial specialisation in the European Union Revue Economique, 53 (3). 469-481. ISSN 0035-2764

Overman, Henry G. (2002) Globalisation and integration: implications for the location of economic activity across the EU In: Tsoukalis, Loukas, (ed.) Globalisation and Regionalism: a Double Challenge for Greece. ELIAMIP, Athens : Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Athens, Greece. ISBN 9789607061881

Overman, Henry G. (2002) Neighbourhood effects in small neighbourhoods Urban Studies, 39 (1). 117-130. ISSN 1360-063X

Duranton, Gilles and Overman, Henry G. (2002) Testing for localisation using micro-geographic data CEPDP, 540. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753015617

2001

Midelfart-Knarvik, Karen Helene and Overman, Henry G. and Venables, Anthony (2001) Comparative advantage and economic geography : estimating the determinants of industrial location in the EU CEPR discussion paper 2618. Centre for Economic Policy Research, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. and Redding, Stephen and Venables, Anthony J. (2001) The economic geography of trade, production, and income: a survey of empirics 508. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. and Ioannides, Yannis Menelaos (2001) Cross-sectional evolution of the U.S. city size distribution Journal of Urban Economics, 49 (3). 543-566. ISSN 1095-9068

2000

Midelfart-Knarvik, K-H and Overman, Henry G. and Redding, Stephen and Venables, Tony (2000) The location of European industry European Commission, Directorate-General for Financial Affairs, Brussels.

Overman, Henry G. (2000) Neighbourhood effects in small neighbourhoods CEPDP, 481. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753014254

Overman, Henry G. and Ioannides, Yannis (2000) Zipf's law for cities: an empirical examination CEPDP, 484. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753014424

Overman, Henry G. and Heath, Alex (2000) The influence of neighbourhood effects on education decisions in a nationally funded education system : the case of Australia CEP Working Paper No. 924. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Overman, Henry G. and Ioannides, Yannis (2000) Cross sectional evolution of the US city size distribution CEPDP, 483. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753014270

Ioannides, Yannis and Overman, Henry G. (2000) Spatial evolution of the US urban system CEPDP, 482. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753014262

1999

Overman, Henry G. and Puga, Diego (1999) Unemployment clusters across European regions and countries CEPDP, 434. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


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