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[Photo: Daniel M. STURM] Professor Daniel M. STURM
Associate - Trade
Tel:  020 7955 7522
Email: d.m.sturm@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.25  

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Daniel Sturm, M.Sc. (LSE), Ph.D. (LSE), is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics and also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Prior to joining the LSE in 2006 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Munich. His research interests are primarily in the areas of Economic Geography and Political Economy. In particular he works on the empirical implications of economic geography models and also on the empirical effects of electoral accountability on policy choices. His work has been published in a number of academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies and Review of Economics and Statitics.


  • Ph.D. in Economics, London School of Economics, 2001
  • M.Sc. in Economics and Philosophy, London School of Economics, 1995


  • European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant "Using Natural Experiments to Understand the Spatial Economy" (2010 – 2016)
  • German Science Foundation Grant "The Impact of Division and Reunification on the Economic Geography of Germany" with Steve Redding and Nikolaus Wolf (2005 – 2008)
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, TMR Program, European Commission, (1997 – 1999)

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • Department of Economics, London School of Economics - Professor of Economics
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research - Research Fellow, International Trade Programme

Selected Publications:

  • "The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall," with Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Steve Redding and Niko Wolf, Econometrica, 83(6), November 2015, 2127 – 2189.

  • "Political Competition, Policy and Growth: Theory and Evidence from the United States," with Tim Besley and Torsten Persson, Review of Economic Studies, 77(4), October 2010, 1329-1352.

  • "The Costs of Remoteness: Evidence from German Division and Reunification," with Steve Redding, American Economic Review, 98(5), December 2008, 1766-1797.

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