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Staff Biography

[Photo: Sevrin WAIGHTS] Dr Sevrin WAIGHTS
Associate - Urban Programme
DIW Berlin
Email: s.g.waights@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Urban and Spatial Economics, Economic Geography and Regional Economics


Sevrin is a Research Economist at the What Works Centre on Local Economic Growth, and a PhD candidate in Economic Geography at LSE's Geography Department. His research in urban economics focuses on housing markets and neighbourhood change.

Current Areas of Research:

Sevrin's current research examines the role of housing markets and local policy in the economic development of cities. He covers issues such of gentrification, transport investment, and the preservation of historical districts.


  • 2010-2014 (expected): PhD Economic Geography London School of Economics
  • 2009-2010: MSc Human Geography London School of Economics
  • 2005-2009: BSc Economics University of Bath

CEP Publications

CEP discussion paper
Understanding Day Care Enrolment Gaps Jonas Jessen, Sophia Schmitz and Sevrin Waights
September 2019
Paper No' CEPDP1650:
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JEL Classification: I24; J13

Tags: child care; early education; inequality; socio—economic status; discrimination; synthetic control

Journal article
The preservation of historic districts - Is it worth it? Sevrin Waights
March 2019
Paper No' :

Tags: housing; construction; historic preservation; land; planning; regulation;

CEP discussion paper
Incubators, Accelerators and Regional Economic Development Margarida Madaleno, Max Nathan, Henry Overman and Sevrin Waights
September 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1575:
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JEL Classification: L26; O32; R30; R58

Tags: incubators; accelerators; entrepreneurship; clusters; cities; economic development

CEP discussion paper
Does Gentrification Displace Poor Households? An 'Identification-Via-Interaction' Approach Sevrin Waights
April 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1540:
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JEL Classification: R21; R23; R31; C20

Tags: neighbourhood change; mobility; turnover; causality; cities; urban; housing

SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
The Preservation of Historic Districts - Is it Worth it? Sevrin Waights
July 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0202:
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JEL Classification: H89; L51; L74; D62; R21; R31; R38; R52; R58

Tags: housing; planning; regulation; historic preservation; construction; land

This paper has been published as:
'The Preservation of historic districts - is it worth it?', Sevrin Waights, Journal of Economic Geography, February 2018
SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Game of Zones: The Economics of Conservation Areas Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller, Sevrin Waights and Nicolai Wendland
September 2013
Paper No' SERCDP0143:
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JEL Classification: H23; H31; R40; R58

Tags: designation; difference-in-difference; rdd-dd; england; gentrification; heritage; property value