Professor Michael Ball

Professor of Urban and Property Economics

Professor Michael Ball

Professor Michael Ball

Real Estate & Planning
EM 158, Whiteknights Campus
+44 (0) 118 378 6336



In recent years, Michael's research has focused upon international & UK housing markets; housing supply, planning and the housebuilding industry; regional economies and infrastructure provision; the private rented sector; the London economy; specialised housing for the elderly; historical patterns of urban change; and the impact of institutional change on housing provision.


  • Bsc Economics, Southampton
  • MSc Economics, London School of Economics
  • PhD Economics, London (Birkbeck College)


Housing economics; Housing supply; Urban economics

Current PhD students

Xueying Chen: International comparison of urban development process. First supervisor

Kenneth Donkor-Hyiaman: Housing Finance through Markets in Emerging Economies and Developing Countries: An Analysis of the Determinants of Mortgage Finance Development. First supervisor


View a full list of Professor Michael Ball's Publications

Key Publications

Ball, M. "Spatial regulation and international differences in housebuilding industries", Journal of Property Research, 30.3, 189-204, 2013.

Ball, M. and Nanda, A. "Does infrastructure investment stimulate building supply? The case of the English regions", Regional Studies, 2013

Ball, M. and Nanda, A. "Household attributes and the future demand for retirement housing", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 6.1, 45-62, 2013.

Ball, M. "UK planning controls and the market responsiveness of housing supply", Urban Studies, 48(2), 349-362, February, 2011.

Ball, M., Meen, G. & Nygaard, A. "Housing supply price elasticities revisited: evidence from international, national, local and company data" Journal of Housing Economics, 19.4, 255-268, December, 2010.