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Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt


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

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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.

Dr Gabriel Ahlfeldt's current areas of research are:

  • Evaluating transport projects
  • Measuring the internal structure of cities using big data
  • Analysing the determinants of urban concentration