London School of Economics and Political Science

Quantitative Models of Cities

Start date: November 2021 End date: October 2026

This project advances our understanding how firms and residents compete over limited space in cities and how this competition shapes the productivity and residential amenities of city neighbourhoods and the flow of commuters. The project builds on the recent literature that uses quantitative spatial models to capture these forces. It innovates on this literature in particular by (a) combining the predictions of such models with detailed Danish register data at a high spatial resolution (b) developing dynamic extensions of the currently largely static models and estimating their key parameters (c) using these models to address first-order policy questions such as the provision of green spaces in cities, the effects of new or improved public transport infrastructure or the optimal level of subsidies for public transport.