The Effect of Bedrock on the Skyline

Working Paper, “Bedrock Depth and the Formation of the Manhattan Skyline, 1890-1915”

Power Point Slides


The Economic Determinants of Skyscraper Height and the Skyline

Skyscraper Height” (2012) in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Skyscrapers and the Skyline: Manhattan, 1895-2004” (2010) Real Estate Economics.

Power Point Slides on the Economics of Skyscrapers in New York City

Skyscraper Height and the Business Cycle

Working paper that tests the "Skyscraper Index Hypothesis,
" which says that building height can be used as a predictor of economic downturns. We find this hypothesis not to be true.

References in the Media

450 Million Years Ago, Hell’s Kitchen Earned Its Name, David Dunlap, New York Times, February 5, 2012

Paul Goldberger and Skyscraper Economist Jason Barr Debate the Manhattan Skyline, The New York Observer, Jan. 25, 2012.

Uncanny Valley: The Real Reason There Are No Skyscrapers in the Middle of Manhattan, The New York Observer, Jan. 17, 2012.

“Manhattan and Bedrock.” Sept.1, 2010 on the blog

"Giant Investment defies the crisis." Internet magazine The Brooklyn Voice.

The Point of the Skyline: Why they should let Jean Nouvel build every inch of his arrogant tower, and other thoughts on what makes a cityscape great.”   By Justin Davidson, May 2, 2010, New York Magazine.

Make no little (building) plans; Chicago's skyscrapers no longer stir the blood, but they still matter.” By Sara Klein, October 29, 2007, Crain’s Chicago Business.

"Arthur Foulkes: Skyscrapers and economic busts — cause or correlation?" June 5, 2007, Terre Haute Tribune.

 The skyscraper boom: Better than flying.” June 1st 2006 The Economist.