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[Photo: Christian HILBER] Prof 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)

Biography:

Christian Hilber is Professor of Economic Geography 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 and of Journal of Regional Science. 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, taxation and household mobility. 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 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.

Education:

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

Awards:

  • LSE Teaching Prize (awarded 2016)
  • Journal of Urban Economics Highly Cited Author Award 2014-2016 (awarded 2016)
  • Economic Journal Annual Referee Prize for 2012 (awarded 2013)

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Energy Costs of Historic Preservation Christian A. L. Hilber, Charles Palmer and Edward W. Pinchbeck
July 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0217:
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JEL Classification: Q48; Q54; R38; R52


Tags: preservation policies; land use regulation; energy efficiency; energy consumption; climate change

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Using Micro-Geography Data to Identify Town-Centre Space in Great Britain Paul Cheshire, Christian Hilber, Piero Montebruno and Rosa Sanchis-Guarner
May 2017
Paper No' SERCDP0213:
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JEL Classification: L81; R12; R52


Tags: town centre; planning; retail sector; land use

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Housing Market Impacts of Constraining Second Home Investments Christian A. L. Hilber and Olivier Schöni
August 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0204:
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JEL Classification: D63; G12; R11; R21; R31; R52


Tags: second homes; wealth inequality; land use regulation; house prices; homeownership; real estate investments

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Transfer Taxes and Household Mobility: Distortion on the Housing or Labor Market? Christian A. L. Hilber and Teemu Lyytikäinen
October 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0187:
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JEL Classification: D23; H21; H27; J61; R21; R31; R38


Tags: transfer taxes; stamp duty; transaction costs; homeownership; household mobility

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Regulating Housing Vacancies Away? The Paradoxical Effects of Mismatch Paul Cheshire, Christian A. L. Hilber and Hans R. A. Koster
July 2015
Paper No' SERCDP0181:
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JEL Classification: R13; R38


Tags: residential vacancy rates; housing supply constraints; land use regulation

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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
Urban Development and Air Pollution: Evidence from a Global Panel of Cities Christian A. L. Hilber and Charles Palmer
December 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0169:
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JEL Classification: Q01; Q53; R11; R41


Tags: urbanization; urban form; decentralization; air pollution; transport; built environment

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Local Economic Conditions and the Nature of New Housing Supply Christian A. L. Hilber, Jan Rouwendal and Wouter Vermeulen
August 2014
Paper No' SERCDP0164:
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JEL Classification: R11; R21; R31; R52


Tags: local economic conditions; open monocentric city model; land conversion; housing supply; housing type; housing consumption; land use regulation; migration

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Do Long Distance Moves Discourage Homeownership? Evidence from England Sejeong Ha and Christian A. L. Hilber
September 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0141:
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JEL Classification: J61; R21; R23


Tags: residential mobility; distance of residential relocation; information cost; investment risk; homeownership; tenure choice

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Impact of Supply Constraints on House Prices in England Christian A. L. Hilber and Wouter Vermeulen
September 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0119:
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JEL Classification: G12; R11; R21; R31; R52


Tags: house prices; housing supply; supply constraints; land use regulation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Effect of the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax on Household Mobility Christian A. L. Hilber and Teemu Lyytikäinen
July 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0115:
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JEL Classification: D23; H21; H27; J61; R21; R31; R38


Tags: stamp duty; real estate transfer tax; transaction costs; household mobility

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Homeownerhip and Entrepreneurship Philippe Bracke, Christian Hilber and Olmo Silva
April 2012
Paper No' SERCDP0103:
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JEL Classification: L26; D14; G11; R21


Tags: entrepreneurship; homeownership; panel estimation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Economics Implications of House Price Capitalization: A Synthesis Christian A. L. Hilber
October 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0091:
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JEL Classification: D71; R21; R31


Tags: house price capitalization; homeownership; local public goods; club goods; land use regulation; land and housing supply; incentives to invest; redistribution

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Evaluating the Effects of Planning Policies on the Retail Sector: Or do Town Centre First Policies Deliver the Goods? Paul Cheshire, Christian A. L. Hilber and Ioannis Kaplanis
January 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0066:
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JEL Classification: D2; L51; L81; R32


Tags: land use regulation; regulatory costs; firm productivity; retail

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Capitalization of Central Government Grants into Local House Prices: Panel Data Evidence from England Christian A. L. Hilber, Teemu Lyytikäinen and Wouter Vermeulen
September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0057:
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JEL Classification: H2; H3; H7; H81; R21; R31


Tags: local public finance; house prices; supply constraints; central government grants

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Mortgage Interest Deduction and its Impact on Homeownership Decisions Christian A. L. Hilber and Tracy M. Turner
September 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0055:
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JEL Classification: H22; H24; H71; R21; R31; R52


Tags: homeownership; mortgage interest deduction; tax subsidies; land use regulation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
New Housing Supply and the Dilution of Social Capital Christian A. L. Hilber
January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0042:
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JEL Classification: D71; R21; R31


Tags: house price capitalization; social capital; homeownership; land and housing supply; reciprocal cooperation

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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
On the Origins of Land Use Regulations: Theory and Evidence from US Metro Areas Christian A. L. Hilber and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud
January 2010
Paper No' SERCDP0038:
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JEL Classification: H7; Q15; R52


Tags: land use regulations; zoning; land ownership; housing supply

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CEP Discussion Paper
On the Origins of Land Use Regulations: Theory and Evidence from US Metro Areas Christian A. L. Hilber and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud
December 2009
Paper No' CEPDP0964:
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JEL Classification: H7; Q15; R52


Tags: land use regulations; zoning; land ownership; housing supply

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CEP Discussion Paper
Owners of Developed Land versus Owners of Undeveloped Land: Why Land Use is More Constrained in the Bay Area than in Pittsburgh Christian Hilber and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud November 2006
Paper No' CEPDP0760:
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JEL Classification: H7; Q15; R52


Tags: land use regulations; zoning; land ownership; housing supply