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Stephan Heblich.

Stephan Heblich


Expertise: urban economics, economic history, environmental economics, political economy, innovation and entrepreneurship


Dr Stephan Heblich is Associate Professor and Munk Chair of Economics at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Economics and an Associate of the Centre for Economic Performance. His research interests include Urban Economics, Political Economy, Environmental Economics and Economic History. He looks at spatial disparities in the distribution of consumptive or productive amenities that attract individuals or firms. In turn, this helps him explain spatial variation in house prices, the share of high-skilled workers, innovative activities and entrepreneurship, or economic development. Another stream of research focuses on causes and consequences of regional disparities in voting behavior. To establish causality he studies historic developments that explain present-day economic outcomes. This explains his interest in economic history.

Current areas of research include:

  • Historical pollution on neighbourhood segregation today: Long-run effects of transport infrastructure investments; Trade exposure and political radicalization; House price effects of environmental disamenities; Measuring civic leadership.