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Professor of Economic Geography
London School of Economics

Research Interests

Urban and real estate economics: housing and land markets with focus on homeownership, house price capitalization, land and housing supply, land use regulations and property price dynamics; location choices of households and firms with focus on barriers to mobility; human and social capital accumulation. Public economics with focus on local public finance. Environmental economics. Political economy.

Published Articles (recent)

Housing in Europe: A Different Continent - A Continent of Dfferences [Introduction to Special Issue], with Paul. C. Cheshire, Journal of Housing Economics, 2018, Vol. 42, 1-3.

Institutional Settings and Urban Sprawl: Evidence from Europe, with Max V. Ehrlich and Olivier Schoeni, forthcoming in Journal of Housing Economics.

Empty Homes, Longer Commutes: The Unintended Consequences of More Restrictive Local Planning, with Paul Cheshire and Hans Koster, Journal of Public Economics, 2018, Vol. 158, 126-151. | JPUBE article open access |

Mortgage Debt and Entrepreneurship, with Philippe Bracke and Olmo Silva, Journal of Urban Economics, 2018, Vol. 103, 52-66.  | JUE article-open access

Transfer Taxes and Household Mobility: Distortion on the Housing or Labor Market?, with Teemu Lyytikainen, Journal of Urban Economics, 2017, Vol. 101, 57-73.  | JUE article | Economist article 'The Rise of the Homebody' from 5/8/2017 | Telegraph front page article 'Stamp Duty Killing Housing Sales' from 9/8/2017 | Telegraph online version of article from 9/8/2017 |

The Economic Implications of House Price Capitalization: A Synthesis, Real Estate Economics, 2017, Vol. 45, No. 2, 301-339. | REE article |

Housing Policies in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States: Lessons Learned, with Olivier Schoeni, Cityscape, 2017, Vol. 18, No. 3, 291-332.

The Impact of Supply Constraints on House Prices in England, with Wouter Vermeulen, Economic Journal, 2016, Vol. 126, No. 591, 358-405. | EJ article | FT article from 10/3/2016 | Economist article 'Little Londons' from 24/9/2016 |

Recent presentations/opinion pieces/oral/written evidence

Evidence session, House of Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision (televised), 6 November 2018.

Second home investments, CentrePiece, 2018 (Autumn).

In brief...Empty homes, longer commutes, with Paul Cheshire and Hans Koster, CentrePiece, 2018 (Spring).

The UK Planning System-Fit for purpose?, Birkbeck Law Rewiew, 2018 (February), Vol. 5, No. 1.

Stamp duty, Mobility and the Housing Crisis, with Teemu Lyytikainen, CentrePiece, 2017 (Autumn).

Inaugural lecture on "Britain's Housing Crisis: causes and cures", 21 March 2017. | Video | Audio | Slides |