Stephan Heblich is an Associate Professor and Munk Chair of Economics at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Economics. In his research, Heblich looks at spatial disparities in the distribution of consumptive or productive amenities that attract individuals or firms. In turn, this helps 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 Heblich often studies historic developments that explain present-day economic outcomes. This explains his interest in economic history.
Heblich is on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and the Journal of Economic Geography. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the leading field journals in Urban Economics.