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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

Biography:

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

Education:

  • 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

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Economic Effects of Density: A Synthesis Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Elisabetta Pietrostefani
January 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0210:
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JEL Classification: R38; R52; R58


Tags: compact; city; density; meta-analysis; elasticity; urban

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Spatial Decay in Commuting Probabilities: Employment Potential vs. Commuting Gravity Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Nicolai Wendland
November 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0188:
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JEL Classification: R12; R28; R38; R48


Tags: accessibility; commuting; employment; gravity; potential

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Vertical City: The Price of Land and the Height of Buildings in Chicago 1870-2010 Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Daniel P. McMillen
July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0180:
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JEL Classification: R20; R30


Tags: chicago; density; height; land value; skyscraper

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
From Periphery to Core: Measuring Agglomeration Effects Using High-Speed Rail Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Arne Feddersen
March 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0172:
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JEL Classification: R12; R28; R38; R48


Tags: accessibility; agglomeration; high-speed rail; market potential; transport policy

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Distinctively Different: A New Approach to Valuing Architectural Amenities Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Nancy Holman
February 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0171:
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JEL Classification: R52; D23; C7


Tags: architecture; beauty; boundary discontinuity; conservation areas; design; england; property prices

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Speed 2.0. Evaluating Access to Universal Digital Highways Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Pantelis Koutroumpis and Tommaso Valletti
July 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0161:
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JEL Classification: L1; H4; R2


Tags: internet; property prices; capitalization; digital speed; universal access to broadband

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Chicken or Egg? The PVAR Econometrics of Transportation Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller and Nicolai Wendland
March 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0158:
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JEL Classification: R12; R14; R41; N73; N74


Tags: transport; land use; berlin; history; panel vector; autoregression

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
No Escape? The Co-ordination Problem in Heritage Preservation Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Nancy Holman
October 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0145:
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JEL Classification: R52; D23; C7


Tags: designation; england; heritage; property value; prisoner’s dilemma

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Game of Zones: The Economics of Conservation Areas Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller, Sevrin Waights and Nicolai Wendland
September 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0143:
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JEL Classification: H23; H31; R40; R58


Tags: designation; difference-in-difference; rdd-dd; england; gentrification; heritage; property value

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Stephen J. Redding, Daniel M. Sturm and Nikolaus Wolf
September 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0118:
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JEL Classification: N34; O18; R12


Tags: agglomeration; dispersion; density; cities

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Stephen J. Redding, Daniel M. Sturm and Nikolaus Wolf
June 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1154:
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JEL Classification: N34; O18; R12


Tags: agglomeration; dispersion; density; cities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Form or Function? The Impact of New Football Stadia on Property Prices in London Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Georgios Kavetsos
July 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0087:
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JEL Classification: R53; R58


Tags: property prices; stadium impact

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Homeownership and NIMBYism: A Spatial Analysis of Airport Effects Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Wolfgang Maennig
July 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0085:
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JEL Classification: D61; D62; H41; H71; L83; I18; R41; R58


Tags: noise; rents; referendum; real estate prices; airports; berlin

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
If We Build, Will They Pay? Predicting Property Price Effects of Transport Innovations Gabriel Ahlfeldt
March 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0075:
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JEL Classification: H43; R40; R58


Tags: property prices; hedonic analysis; transport innovations; gravity equation