Christian A.L. Hilber is Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is an Associate of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). He is also a Member of the Academic Panel of the What Works Centre.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1998, summa cum laude) and an MSc in Business and Economics (1994, top of class) 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). Hilber’s research concerns urban economics, real estate, housing and local public finance, and political economy. The core focus of his current research is on issues relating to housing and land supply, land use regulation, homeownership, education, agglomeration economies, and social capital. He has published in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics or Journal of Economic Geography.
He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics (RSUE) and Journal of Regional Science (JRS) and as a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Housing Economics (JHE). He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) between 2015 and 2017 and as the Director of LSE’s MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance (REEF) between 2003 and 2018. He is a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. He has served as a consultant to the H.M. Treasury and gave evidence to the H.M. Treasury Select Committee, the House of Lords Select Committee and the National Audit Office. His work has been quoted in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, among other outlets, and was used as evidence in hearings before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Hilber won numerous prizes for his research (best paper awards), teaching, and services to the research community (refereeing) including the PhD Dissertation Prize of the University of Basel, LSE's Teaching Prize and Major Review Teaching Prize and the Economic Journal Annual Referee Prize.