Sahil Gandhi


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He is a lecturer (assistant professor) in real estate and urban economics at the University of Manchester. He was an Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution (India Center). He was a postdoctoral scholar at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles.

His recent papers are on political economy of real estate, vacant housing and housing supply. His research is published in the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Cities, among others.

He recently co-organized the MIT Asia Real Estate Inaugural Symposium

Latest Published

Tandel, S. Gandhi, & A. Tabarrok (2023). Building networks: Investigating the quid pro quo between local politicians & developers. Journal of Development Economics, 164, 103138. 

Tandel, A. Dutta, S. Gandhi, & A. Narayanan (2023). Women’s right to property and the child quantity-quality trade-off: Evidence from India, Journal of Population Economics, forthcoming. 

Gandhi, R. Green, & S. Patranabis (2022). Insecure property rights and the housing market: Explaining India's housing vacancy paradox, Journal of Urban Economics, 131, 103490.

Tandel, S. Gandhi, S. Patranabis, L. Bettencourt, and A. Malani (2022). Infrastructure, enforcement and Covid-19 in Mumbai, Journal of Regional Science, 62(3), 645-669. (Lead article).

Gandhi, V. Tandel, A. Tabarrok, and S. Ravi (2021). Too slow for the urban march: Litigations and real estate market in Mumbai, Journal of Urban Economics, 123, 103330. (Lead article).

Working papers

Gandhi, M. E. Kahn, R. Kochhar, S.Lall, and V. Tandel (2022). Adapting to flood risk: Evidence from a panel of global cities. National Bureau of Economic Research No. w30137.

Nagpal and S. Gandhi (2023). Scaling Heights: Affordability Implications of Zoning Deregulation in India.

Dutta, S. Gandhi, & R. K. Green (2023). Do urban regulations exacerbate rural-urban inequality? Evidence from rent control in India

Tandel, S. Gandhi, A. Nanda, and N. Agnihotri (2023). Do Mandatory Disclosures Squeeze the Lemons? The Case of Housing Markets.

Outreach and Knowledge dissemination: 

He has bylines in international and Indian media -- The Washington Post, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, Livemint among others, and his research has been cited or quoted in The Financial Times, The Straits Times, BBC, Livemint and others. See selected Media/Blog contributions below: 

VoxDev Blog: Constructing influence: Political turnover reveals quid pro quo arrangements in Mumbai’s real estate, with Vaidehi Tandel and Alex Tabarrok, 30 November 2023.  

Economic Times: Time to make RERA roar, with Nandini Agnihotri, 14th June 2023.

Indian Express: How COVID-19 is amplifying gender inequality in India, with Kadambari Shah and Gregory Randolph,  17 May, 2020.

Washington Post: Covid-19 is a wake-up call for India's cities, with Gregory Randolph, The 20 April, 2020.

Featured or quoted in:
How and why we built our cities so wrong, The Times of India, 22 April, 2023. 
Indian Cities in the Post‑Pandemic World, The World Economic Forum, January, 2021. 
Coronavirus: Will our day-to-day ever be the same?The BBC, 09 November, 2020. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Areas of expertise

  • HB Economic Theory
  • Urban Economics
  • Real Estate Markets

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute


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