Sofie R. Waltl


I hold positions as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and as Assistant Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). There, I am affiliated with the Department of Economics and the Research Institute Economics of Inequality (INEQ). I also act as a consultant to the European Central Bank.


I am an applied economist and my research mainly focuses on economic measurement and macro-economic implications. I am particularly interested in the distributional and spatial dimension of economic phenomena. I have worked on measurement issues related to real estate economics, the dynamics in housing prices and rents, the CPI, as well as the distribution of wealth and Distributional National Accounts.

Currently, I work on measuring (housing) wealth and its distribution, peoples’ knowledge about and perception of their own wealth, differences and potentials of macro-economic indicators based on objective and subjective data, and the improvement of econometric techniques to construct contemporary and historic housing price and cost-of-living indices. I am also exploring new, alternative data sources for economic measurement purposes.

My CV is available here. Here are links to my profiles on LinkedIn and Google Scholar.


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Award of Excellence – Staatspreis für die besten Dissertationen




  1. Estimating Quantile-Specific Rental Yields for Residential Housing in Sydney, Regional Science and Urban Economics 68, 2018, 204 – 225.
  2. Variation across price segments and locations: A comprehensive quantile regression analysis of the Sydney housing market, forthcoming in Real Estate Economics, doi: 10.1111/1540-6229.12177.
  3. A hedonic house price index in continuous timeInternational Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis 9(4), 2016, 648 – 670.

Working Papers

Current Projects

Doctoral Session at the 2017 AREUEA-ASSA Conference in Chicago
2018 European Forum Alpbach: The Future of Data Economy

Selected Blog Posts

Media Coverage



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Vienna University of Economics and Business
Department of Economics
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