I am a Professor and Munk Chair of Economics at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Economics. Previously, I have worked at the University of Bristol and the University of Stirling in the UK. My research looks at spatial disparities in the distribution of consumptive or productive amenities that attract individuals or firms. This helps me explain spatial variation in house prices, the share of high-skilled workers, environmental (dis)amenities, 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.

Currently, I am a co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics and I am an associate editor of the Economic Journal, Regional Science and Urban Economics and the Journal of Economic Geography.

I have coedited a special issue on Urban Economics and History that is published in Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol 94, 2022. Have a look!

Research interests

Urban Economics, Economic History, Environmental Economics, Political Economy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship


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