Urban inequality: The role of urban amenities, housing, infrastructure
In addressing regional and urban inequality we need to understand that productivity is only one determinant of urban success.
Firms and households also consider the costs of living and the amenity differences when making the decisions that determine where we live and work.
Our existing research seeks to understand how institutions, such as planning, and economic forces, such as changing transport costs, interact to determine land use and to understand the consequences for firms and households.
We continue to look at the critical role of housing supply in keeping cities affordable and by doing so facilitating population growth in our more productive towns and cities.
Time spent travelling is a major cost for households living in our towns and cities, and we will use new data and theory to study the effects of transport investment on those costs.
Turning from travelling to shopping, we will also consider how we can better understand the decline of the high street and the reduction in community wellbeing that follows it – a question of considerable public concern yet understudied by urban economics.
The Impact of Supply Constraints on House Prices in England
Christian A. L. Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen test the theoretical prediction that house prices respond more strongly to changes in local earnings in places with tight supply constraints using a unique panel dataset of 353 Local Planning Authorities in England between 1974 and 2008. Read more...
New road infrastructure: The effects on firms
New government policy initiatives aim to reverse the trend of declining investment in Britain's road network. Stephen Gibbons and colleagues ask whether such investment generates economic benefits, either locally or nationally.Read more...
The Making of the Modern Metropolis: Evidence from London
Using newly-constructed spatially-disaggregated data for London from 1801-1921, Stephen Redding and colleagues examine the role of commuting flows in supporting large concentrations of economic activity in major modern cities. Read more...
Urban inequality: The role of urban amenities, housing, infrastructure publications
Paul Cheshire and Christian Hilber
27 November 2019
Steve Gibbons, Cong Peng and Cheng Keat Tang
14 March 2019
Stephen Gibbons, Teemu Lyytikäinen, Henry G. Overman and Rosa Sanchis-Guarner
1 March 2019
Stephan Heblich, Stephen J. Redding and Daniel M. Sturm
12 September 2018
Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Loren Brandt, Vernon Henderson, Matthew A. Turner and Qinghua Zhang
1 July 2017
Christian A. L. Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen
1 March 2016
Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Stephen J. Redding, Daniel M. Sturm and Nikolaus Wolf
1 November 2015