Dr. Stephan Heblich

Topics: Growth, Innovation

Dr. Stephan Heblich - Kiel Institute


Main research interests

  • urban economics
  • regional disparities in voting behavior

I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Economics at the University of Bristol, UK and a research fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. I am also affiliated with the CESifo, CEP, IZA and I am member of the Standing Committee on Regional Economics of the German Economic Association. Before joining the university of Bristol, I have worked at the University of Stirling, UK and the Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Public Policy Group at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany. I received my doctoral degree from the University of Passau, Germany and I was a visiting researcher at the University of Toronto.

My main field of interest is urban economics. My research looks at spatial disparities in the distribution of consumptive or productive amenities that attract individuals or firms. In turn, this helps me explain spatial variation in house prices, the share of high-skilled workers, 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.

  1. Journal Article

    Banking and Industrialization

    Journal of the European Economic Association
    Stephan Heblich, Alex Trew

    We establish a causal role for banking access in the spread of the Industrial Revolution over the period 1817–1881 by exploiting unique...