Professor Henry Overman

Professor Henry Overman

Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

+44 (0)20 7955 6581
Room No
CKK 4.32
Office Hours
By email appointment
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Key Expertise
Urban economics & policy, Impact evaluation, Transport & housing economics

About me

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. He is also the Research Director of the Centre for Economic Performance and the director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth.

From April 2008 to September 2013 he directed 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 American Economic Review, 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.

He has provided policy advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, Department for International Development, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, HS2 and the Department for Transport, HM Treasury, the Manchester Independent Economic Review, the North East Independent Economic Review and Cambridgeshire County Council. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Watch the video and download the podcast of his public lecture: Local Economic Growth: do we know (or care) what works?

View Professor Overman's CV.

Expertise Details

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

Countries and regions


Selected publications

P. Cheshire, M. Nathan, H. G. Overman, Urban Economics And Urban Policy: Challenging Conventional Policy Wisdom, London, Edward Elgar, 2014 [ISBN: 978 1 78195 251 1 / 978 1 78195 252 8 (ebook)]

Helmers, Christian and Overman, Henry G. (2017) My precious! The location and diffusion of scientific research: evidence from the Synchrotron Diamond Light Source. The Economic Journal, 127 (604)

Bosquet, Clément and Overman, Henry G. (2016) Why does birthplace matter so much? sorting, learning and geography. SERC discussion papers, 190. Spatial Economics Research Centre, London, UK.3.

Giulia Faggio, Henry Overman, The effect of public sector employment on local labour marketsJournal of Urban Economics, Available online 31 May 2013, ISSN 0094-1190

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

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

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

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

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). pp. 487-497. ISSN 0166-0462

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). pp. 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). pp. 213-243. ISSN 0022-4146

Sectors and industries

Construction and Property