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[Photo: Henry OVERMAN] Professor Henry OVERMAN
Director of The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and CEP Associate - Trade, Urban Programme
Tel:  020 7955 6581
Email: h.g.overman@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE  S505

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Expertise: Regional and Urban Economics; Impact Evaluation

Biography:

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 and director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He was formerly director of 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 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, Innovation and Science, Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Policy Research's International Trade Programme.

Current Areas of Research:

One area of current research interest is the impact evaluation of spatial policies. I'm working with colleagues to try to evaluate the impact of the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative; Regional Selective Assistance; UK road building in the 2000s; and the Single Regeneration Budget.

I'm also interested in better understanding the causes of spatial disparities. Here, research is focused on the extent to which these arise from composition ('sorting) versus area effects ('some places are more productive than others'). I'm also interested in the extent to which housing costs and other amenities offset nominal disparities.

Education:

  • PhD London School of Economics, April 2000
  • MSc London School of Economics, June 1995
  • BSc University of Bristol, June 1993

Awards:

  • Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award for distinguished contributions to Regional Science research by scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies (2009).
  • August Loesch Prize for outstanding research in the field of Regional Science (2006).

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth - Director
  • London School of Economics - Professor
  • Spatial Economics Research Centre - Affiliate
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research - Affiliate

Selected Publications:

  • Helmers, C and H. G. Overman (2015) ‘My precious! The location and diffusion of scientific research: evidence from the Synchrotron Diamond Light Source’. Forthcoming Economic Journal.

  • Faggio, G. and H. G. Overman (2014) ‘The effect of public sector employment on local labour markets’ Journal of Urban Economics, 79(C): 91-107

  • Duranton, G. and H. G. Overman (2005) ‘Testing for Localisation Using Micro-Geographic Data’ (with G. Duranton). The Review of Economic Studies 72(4), pp. 1077-1106.

CEP Publications

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Local Economic Impacts of Regeneration Projects: Evidence from UK's Single Regeneration Budget Stephen Gibbons, Henry Overman and Matti Sarvimäki
August 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0218:
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JEL Classification: R11; J08; H50


Tags: single regeneration budget; regeneration; employment; neighbourhoods; urban policy

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CEP BREXIT Analysis
The Local Economic Effects of Brexit Swati Dhingra, Stephen Machin and Henry G. Overman
July 2017
Paper No' CEPBREXIT10:
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Tags: brexit; trade; uk economy; uk politics; north and south divide; uk living standards; local authorities

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
New Road Infrastructure: The Effects on Firms Stephen Gibbons, Teemu Lyytikäinen, Henry Overman and Rosa Sanchis-Guarner
May 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0214:
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JEL Classification: D24; O18; R12


Tags: productivity; employment; accessibility; transport

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The (Displacement) Effects of Spatially Targeted Enterprise Initiatives: Evidence from UK LEGI Elias Einiö and Henry G. Overman
February 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0191:
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JEL Classification: R11; H25; J20; O40


Tags: place-based policy; programme evaluation; displacement; employment; industrial policy

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Why Does Birthplace Matter So Much? Sorting, Learning and Geography Clément Bosquet and Henry G. Overman
January 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0190:
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JEL Classification: J61; J62; R23; J31


Tags: place of birth; spatial sorting; lifetime mobility

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CEP Election Analysis
#ElectionEconomics: The Research Evidence on Key Issues for Voters in the 2015 UK General Election Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Henry Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness and Gabriel Zucman
April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA034:
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Tags: 2015 uk general election; government policy; austerity; productivity; health; nhs; education; higher education; immigration; brexit; eu; inequality; real wages; unemployment; gender; management; productivity; uk housing; environment; climate change; uk cities; infrastructure; taxation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Spatial Methods Steve Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Eleonora Patacchini
August 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0162:
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JEL Classification: R; C1; C5


Tags: spatial analysis; spatial econometrics; neighbourhood effects; agglomeration; weights matrix

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Policy Paper
Evaluating Spatial Policies Steve Gibbons, Max Nathan and Henry G. Overman
March 2014
Paper No' SERCPP012:
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JEL Classification: A11; C81; C93; R00


Tags: spatial economics; evaluation; impact evaluation; econometrics; research design; public policy; economic development

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CentrePiece Article
The economic future of British cities Henry Overman
June 2013
Paper No' CEPCP389:
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CentrePiece 18 (1) Summer 2013


Tags: cities; urban economies; recession

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Urban Wage Growth Premium: Sorting or Learning? Sabine D'Costa and Henry G. Overman
May 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0135:
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JEL Classification: R23; J31


Tags: urban wage premium; agglomeration; cities; wage growth; worker mobility


This paper has been published as:
Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 48, September 2014
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CentrePiece Article
The UK's housing crises Henry Overman
December 2012
Paper No' CEPCP382:
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CentrePiece 17 (3) Winter 2012

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
New Road Infrastructure: the Effects on Firms Stephen Gibbons, Teemu Lyytikäinen, Henry Overman and Rosa Sanchis-Guarner
September 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0117:
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JEL Classification: D24; O18; R12


Tags: productivity; employment; accessibility; transport

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Effect of Public Sector Employment on Local Labour Markets Giulia Faggio and Henry G. Overman
June 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0111:
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JEL Classification: J31; J45


Tags: local labour markets; public and private sector employment; wages

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CentrePiece Article
HS2: assessing the costs and benefits Henry Overman
February 2012
Paper No' CEPCP361:
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CentrePiece 16 (3) Winter 2012

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Causal Effects of an Industrial Policy Chiara Criscuolo, Ralf Martin, Henry G. Overman and John Van Reenen
January 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0098:
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JEL Classification: H25; L52; L53; O47


Tags: industrial policy; regional policy; employment; investment; productivity

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Causal Effects of an Industrial Policy Chiara Criscuolo, Ralf Martin, Henry G. Overman and John Van Reenen
January 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1113:
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JEL Classification: R11; H25; L52; L53; O25


Tags: industrial policy; regional policy; employment; investment; productivity

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Policy Paper
The Future of Rural Policy: Lessons from Spatial Economics (Policy Note) Steve Gibbons and Henry G. Overman
October 2011
Paper No' SERCPP009:
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Policy Paper
The Future of Rural Policy: Lessons from Spatial Economics Steve Gibbons and Henry G. Overman
October 2011
Paper No' SERCPP008:
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CentrePiece Article
Unequal Britain: How Real Are Regional Disparities? Steve Gibbons and Henry Overman
October 2011
Paper No' CEPCP353:
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CentrePiece 16 (2) Autumn 2011


JEL Classification: J31; J60; R11; R23; R29


Tags: wage; disparities; labour; britain; spatial equilibrium; amenity value; housing market


For further reading, see SERC Discussion Papers No.60, No.65 and No.74
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Policy Paper
Economic Growth in Cities: Issues for Central Government Henry G. Overman
June 2011
Paper No' SERCPP007:
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CentrePiece Article
Big ideas: economic geography Henry Overman
March 2011
Paper No' CEPCP331:
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CentrePiece 15 (3) Winter 2011

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Policy Paper
Strategies for Underperforming Places Paul Lawless, Henry G. Overman and Peter Tyler
February 2011
Paper No' SERCPP006:
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Real Earnings Disparities in Britain Stephen Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Guilherme Resende
January 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0065:
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JEL Classification: J60; R23


Tags: britain; spatial equilibrium; labour market; housing market

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Mostly Pointless Spatial Econometrics? Steve Gibbons and Henry G. Overman
October 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0061:
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JEL Classification: C1; C12; C21; R000; R15


Tags: statistical methods; spatial; modeling

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Wage Disparities in Britain: People or Place? Steve Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Panu Pelkonen
October 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0060:
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JEL Classification: R11; J31


Tags: wage; disparities; labour


This paper has been published as:
Area Disparities in Britain: Understanding the Contribution of People vs. Place Through Variance Decompositions, Stephen Gibbons, Henry G. Overman and Panu Pelkonen, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Early view, July 2014
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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
'Gis a Job': What Use Geographical Information Systems in Spatial Economics? Henry Overman
August 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0026:
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JEL Classification: C80; C88; R00


Tags: gis; spatial economics

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CentrePiece Article
Britain's regional divide Henry Overman
March 2009
Paper No' CEPCP277:
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CentrePiece 13 (3) Winter 2009

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Labour Pooling as a Source of Agglomeration: An Empirical Investigation Henry Overman and Diego Puga
September 2008
Paper No' SERCDP0006:
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JEL Classification: R30; R12


Tags: labour market pooling; spatial concentration

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Policy Paper
Resurgent Cities and Regional Economic Performance Henry Overman and Patricia Rice
June 2008
Paper No' SERCPP001:
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CEP Discussion Paper
The Effect of Information and Communication Technologies on Urban Structure Y Ioannides, Henry Overman, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg and Kurt Schmidheiny
July 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0812:
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JEL Classification: O3; R1


Tags: ict; urban structure; cross country data

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CEP Discussion Paper
Economic Linkages Across Space Henry Overman, Patricia Rice and Anthony J. Venables
June 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0805:
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JEL Classification: R00; R58


Tags: spatial linkages; urban systems; new economic geography; urban and regional policy

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CEP Discussion Paper
Decomposing the Growth in Residential Land in the United States Henry Overman, Diego Puga and Matthew Turner
February 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0778:
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JEL Classification: R14; O51


Tags: land use; population growth

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CEP Discussion Paper
Fat City: The Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity Jean Eid, Henry Overman, Diego Puga and Matthew Turner
November 2006
Paper No' CEPDP0758:
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JEL Classification: I12; R14


Tags: urban sprawl; obesity; selection effects

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CEP Discussion Paper
Exploring the Detailed Location Patterns of UK Manufacturing Industries Using Microgeographic Data Gilles Duranton and Henry Overman
October 2006
Paper No' CEPDP0756:
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JEL Classification: C19; R12; L70


Tags: localisation; location patterns; clusters; k-density; spatial statistics

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CEP Discussion Paper
Assessing the Effects of Local Taxation Using Microgeographic Data Gilles Duranton, Laurent Gobillon and Henry Overman
August 2006
Paper No' CEPDP0748:
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JEL Classification: H22; H71; R38


Tags: local taxation; spatial differencing; borders

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CentrePiece Article
Urban Sprawl Marcy Burchfield, Henry Overman, Diego Puga and Matthew Turner
June 2006
Paper No' CEPCP197:
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CentrePiece 11 (1) Summer 2006


This paper has been published as:
Marcy Burchfield, Henry Overman, Diego Puga and Matthew Turner, 'Causes of Sprawl: A Portrait from Space', Quarterly Journal of Economics 121:2 (May 2006)
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CEP Discussion Paper
Cities in the Developing World Henry Overman and Anthony J. Venables
July 2005
Paper No' CEPDP0695:
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JEL Classification: O18; R0


Tags: urbanisation; economic development

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CEP Discussion Paper
Agglomeration and the Adjustment of the Spatial Economy Pierre-Philippe Combes, Gilles Duranton and Henry Overman
May 2005
Paper No' CEPDP0689:
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JEL Classification: R00; R58


Tags: urban systems; new economic geography; urban and regional policy; diagrammatic exposition

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Geography of UK International Trade Henry Overman and L. Alan Winters
January 2004
Paper No' CEPDP0606:
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JEL Classification: F15; F14; R12


Tags: uk trade; eec; economic geography

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CEP Discussion Paper
Trade Shocks and Industrial Location: the Impact of EEC Accession on the UK Henry Overman and L. Alan Winters
November 2003
Paper No' CEPDP0588:
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JEL Classification: F15; F14; R12


Tags: uk manufacturing industry; eec; economic geography

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities in the European Union Pierre-Philippe Combes and Henry Overman
October 2003
Paper No' CEPDP0587:
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JEL Classification: F14; F15; R12


Tags: location; european union; descriptive statistics; empirical studies

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CEP Discussion Paper
Can We Learn Anything from Economic Geography Proper? Henry Overman
October 2003
Paper No' CEPDP0586:
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JEL Classification: B41; B52; F12; R00


Tags: economic geography; geographical economics; regional science; relational economic geography

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CEP Discussion Paper
Testing for Localisation Using Micro-Geographic Data Gilles Duranton and Henry Overman
August 2002
Paper No' CEPDP0540:
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JEL Classification: C19;R12;L70.


Tags: localisation; clusters; k-density; spatial statistics.

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CEP Discussion Paper
The Economic Geography of Trade, Production, and Income: A Survey of Empirics Henry Overman, Stephen Redding and Anthony J. Venables
September 2001
Paper No' CEPDP0508:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Zipfs Law for Cities: An Empirical Examination Y Ioannides and Henry Overman
November 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0484:
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Tags: urban growth; zipf's law; gibrat's law; estimation of brownian motion

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CEP Discussion Paper
Cross Sectional Evolution of the US City Size Distribution Y Ioannides and Henry Overman
November 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0483:
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Tags: city size distribution; cross-sectional evolution; intradistribution mobility

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CEP Discussion Paper
Spatial Evolution of the US Urban System Y Ioannides and Henry Overman
November 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0482:
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Tags: urban growth; spatial evolution; economic geography

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CEP Discussion Paper
Neighbourhood Effects in Small Neighbourhoods Henry Overman
November 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0481:
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Tags: education; decisions; neighbourhood effects; housing policy

CEP Discussion Paper
Unemployment Clusters Across European Regions and Countries Henry Overman and Diego Puga
August 1999
Paper No' CEPDP0434:
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