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Professor Christian Hilber

Professor Christian Hilber


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)

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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.

Professor Christian Hilber's current areas of research are:

  • 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.