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[Photo: Christian HILBER] Dr Christian HILBER
Associate - Urban Programme
Tel:  020 7955 5016
Email: c.hilber@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE  STC.418A

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Expertise: housing policies; homeownership subsidies; help to buy; land supply; homeownership; town centre first; housing supply; house prices; supply constraints; Land use planning; property taxes; regulatory constraints; house price capitalization; central government grants; real estate cycles; fiscal decentralization; local public finance; mortgage interest deduction; housing cycles; housing transfer taxes (stamp duty)


Christian Hilber is Associate Professor of Economic Geography (Reader) at the LSE and Research Associate at the CEP and SERC. He is also a Member of the Academic Panel of the What Works Centre, a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, and an Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Basel (Switzerland). Prior to joining the LSE in 2003, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1999-2002) and an Economist at Fannie Mae (2002-2003). His research is in the area of urban economics, real estate/housing, public economics, and political economy. The core focus of his current research is on issues relating to housing and land supply, land use planning, mortgage markets, homeownership, education, agglomeration economies, and social capital. He has published in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, and Journal of Urban Economics. He is a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. He is also the Director (ad interim) of LSE’s MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance and has taught Masters level courses in Applied Urban and Regional Economics and in Real Estate Finance.

Current Areas of Research:

The causal impacts on housing prices and vacancy rates of constraints on supply and demand in housing markets.

Understanding the links between homeownership, barriers to mobility, and household mobility.

Exploring the determinants of land use planning restrictiveness.


  • PhD (Dr. rer. pol.), University of Basel
  • MSc (Lic. rer. pol.), University of Basel


  • Economic Journal Annual Referee Prize for 2012 (awarded 2013)
  • LSE Major Review Teaching Prize (awarded 2009)
  • European Real Estate Society Awards 2007: Grosvenor Best Paper on Real Estate Development & RICS Award for Best Paper on Housing (awarded 2008)

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