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 Inaugaral Symposium

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.

Latest Published
Vaidehi Tandel, Arnab Dutta, Sahil Gandhi, & Ashwini Narayanan (2023). Women’s right to property and the child quantity-quality trade-off: Evidence from India, Journal of Population Economics, forthcoming. 
Vaidehi Tandel, Sahil Gandhi, & Alex Tabarrok (2023). Building networks: Investigating the quid pro quo between local politicians & developers. Journal of Development Economics, 164, 103138. 
Sahil Gandhi, Richard Green, & Shaonlee Patranabis (2022). Insecure property rights and the housing market: Explaining India's housing vacancy paradox, Journal of Urban Economics, 131, 103490.
Vaidehi Tandel, Sahil Gandhi, Shaonlee Patranabis, Luis Bettencourt, and Anup Malani (2022). Infrastructure, enforcement and Covid-19 in Mumbai, Journal of Regional Science, 62(3), 645-669. (Lead article).
Sahil Gandhi, Vaidehi Tandel, Alex Tabarrok, and Shamika Ravi (2021). Too slow for the urban march: Litigations and real estate market in Mumbai, Journal of Urban Economics, 123, 103330. (Lead article).

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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