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[Photo: Stephan HEBLICH] Dr Stephan HEBLICH
Associate - Urban Programme
University of Toronto
Email: Stephan.heblich@utoronto.ca

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Expertise: Urban Economics; Economic History; Environmental Economics; Political Economy; Innovation and Entrepreneurship


My research interests include Urban Economics, Political Economy, Environmental Economics and Economic History. In my research, I look at spatial disparities in the distribution of consumptive or productive amenities that attract individuals or firms. In turn, this helps me 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 I often study historic developments that explain present-day economic outcomes. This explains my interest in economic history.

Current Areas of Research:

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.


  • Habilitation, University of Jena, Germany
  • PhD (DR. rer. pol.) University of Passau, Germany
  • MSc (Dipl. Vw.) University of Passau, Germany

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • University of Bristol - Associate Professor (Reader) in Economics
  • CEP - Associate
  • CESifo - Affiliate
  • ifw Kiel - Affiliate
  • IZA - Affiliate

CEP Publications

CEP discussion paper
The Making of the Modern Metropolis: Evidence from London Stephan Heblich, Stephen J. Redding and Daniel M. Sturm
September 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1573:
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JEL Classification: O18; R12; R40

Tags: agglomeration; urbanization; transportation

CEP discussion paper
The Spatial Impacts of a Massive Rail Disinvestment Program: The Beeching Axe Stephen Gibbons, Stephan Heblich and Ted Pinchbeck
August 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1563:
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JEL Classification: H54; R1; R4

Tags: rail; infrastructure; beeching

SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Impact of Public Employment: Evidence from Bonn Sascha O. Becker, Stephan Heblich and Daniel M. Sturm
January 2018
Paper No' SERCDP0228:
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JEL Classification: F15; J45; N44; R12

Tags: economic geography; public employment; place-based policies; german division

SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
East Side Story: Historical Pollution and Persistent Neighborhood Sorting Stephan Heblich, Alex Trew and Yanos Zylberberg
November 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0208:
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JEL Classification: R23; Q53; N90

Tags: neighborhood sorting; historical pollution; deprivation; persistence; environmental disamenity

SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Fear of Fracking? The Impact of the Shale Gas Exploration on House Prices in Britain Steve Gibbons, Stephan Heblich, Esther Lho and Christopher Timmins
October 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0207:
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JEL Classification: Q5; Q42; Q51

Tags: shale gas; fracturing; property valuation; housing prices; consumer expectation; hedonic price; united kingdom

SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
From Russia with Love: The Impact of Relocated Firms on Incumbent Survival Oliver Falck, Christina Guenther, Stephan Heblich and William R. Kerr
August 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0088:
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JEL Classification: R10; L10; H25; O10; J20

Tags: agglomeration; competition; firm dynamics; labor; germany