UCL Department of Economics


Professor Lars Nesheim delivers his Inaugural Lecture

11 October 2019

Lars Nesheim, Professor of Economics, delivers his Inaugural Lecture: Schools, Houses, Fruits, Taxes and other differentiated products

UCL Quad

About the lecture

Which is more important for student outcomes, school quality or the quality of students? How do investments in roads and rail affect property prices and public welfare? How does the price of cherries affect demand for bananas? Should council tax rates and housing benefit levels be higher or lower in city centres?

Four disparate questions tied together by a common analytical theme: theories of differentiated products and household sorting. This lecture discusses how to combine these theories with large scale modern datasets to provide evidence to help address these questions.

About the speaker

Lars Nesheim is a Professor of Economics at UCL and Co-Director of the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap). His research interests focus on structural econometrics, computational economics, industrial organization, urban economics, economic dynamics and hedonic models. Since 2007 he has been an Academic Panelist for the Competition Commission providing advice to Commission staff on competition economics.

Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

The event takes place 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 29 October 2019 in the Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre. Followed by a drinks reception.

Further details and booking information can be found on our events page here.