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[Photo: Gabriel AHLFELDT] Dr Gabriel AHLFELDT
Associate - Urban Programme
Tel:  020 7852 3785
Email: g.ahlfeldt@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE  STC.408

Expertise: Urban economics, spatial economics, economic geography, economics of architecture, economics of spatial planning, programme evaluation, transport policies, heritage preservation, political economy of land markets


Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt is Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics. He is an affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and CESIfo, and an associate of the Center for Economic Performance (CEP), Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), and the Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin. Prior to joining the LSE Geography department in 2009, Dr. Ahlfeldt earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and worked as a research assistant for the Free University of Berlin. His research concentrates on the effect of large transport projects, broadband infrastructure, 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. Dr. Ahlfeldt has published 35 articles in peer reviewed academic journals, among them leading general interest economics journals such as Econometrica, Journal of the European Economic Association, and Economic Journal, and leading urban economics and economic geography journals such as Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. His work is regularly disseminated to the wider public via mainstream media such as the BBC, The Economist or the Financial Times and professional journals such as Architect Journal, RIBA Journal and Rail Technology Magazine. 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. His expertise has recently been commissioned by English Heritage, the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce, and the OECD, among others.

Current Areas of Research:

Evaluating transport projects

Measuring the internal structure of cities using big data

Analysing the determinants of urban concentration


  • Habilitation, University of Hamburg, 2012
  • PhD (Dr rer pol), University of Hamburg, 2008
  • MSc (Dipl. Vw.), Fee University Berlin, 2005

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications:

  • The Economic Effects of Density: A Synthesis
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Elisabetta Pietrostefani, January 2017
    Paper No' SERCDP0210: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Spatial Decay in Commuting Probabilities: Employment Potential vs. Commuting Gravity
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Nicolai Wendland, November 2015
    Paper No' SERCDP0188: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Vertical City: The Price of Land and the Height of Buildings in Chicago 1870-2010
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Daniel P. McMillen, July 2015
    Paper No' SERCDP0180: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • From Periphery to Core: Measuring Agglomeration Effects Using High-Speed Rail
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Arne Feddersen, March 2015
    Paper No' SERCDP0172: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Distinctively Different: A New Approach to Valuing Architectural Amenities
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Nancy Holman, February 2015
    Paper No' SERCDP0171: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Speed 2.0. Evaluating Access to Universal Digital Highways
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Pantelis Koutroumpis, Tommaso Valletti, July 2014
    Paper No' SERCDP0161: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Chicken or Egg? The PVAR Econometrics of Transportation
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller, Nicolai Wendland, March 2014
    Paper No' SERCDP0158: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • No Escape? The Co-ordination Problem in Heritage Preservation
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Nancy Holman, October 2013
    Paper No' SERCDP0145: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Game of Zones: The Economics of Conservation Areas
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller, Sevrin Waights, Nicolai Wendland, September 2013
    Paper No' SERCDP0143: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Stephen J. Redding, Daniel M. Sturm, Nikolaus Wolf, September 2012
    Paper No' SERCDP0118: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Stephen J. Redding, Daniel M. Sturm, Nikolaus Wolf, June 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1154: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Form or Function? The Impact of New Football Stadia on Property Prices in London
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Georgios Kavetsos, July 2011
    Paper No' SERCDP0087: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Homeownership and NIMBYism: A Spatial Analysis of Airport Effects
    Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Wolfgang Maennig, July 2011
    Paper No' SERCDP0085: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • If We Build, Will They Pay? Predicting Property Price Effects of Transport Innovations
    Gabriel Ahlfeldt, March 2011
    Paper No' SERCDP0075: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)