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Professor Henry Overman.

Professor Henry Overman

Research Director

Expertise: regional and urban economics, impact evaluation

020 7955 6581
STC 5.05a

Linda Cleavely



Henry Overman 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 is Research Director of the Centre for Economics Performance, and was formerly director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

Current areas of research include:

  • The impact evaluation of spatial policies. Henry is 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.
  • 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'). He is also interested in the extent to which housing costs and other amenities offset nominal disparities.