Sofia Franco
Sofia Franco
Associate Professor (Adjunct)
Economics
Economics for Policy Knowledge Center

Sofia Franco is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at Nova SBE. Sofia has also been a consultant to the World Bank and to the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Maryland, USA, on topics related to urban development and zoning policies. Sofia is an applied microeconomist with a research agenda that lies at the boundaries of environmental, urban and transportation economics, and uses state-of-the-art econometric and computable general equilibrium methods, as well as geographical information tools.  Most of her work consists of theoretical and empirical assessments of major public policy issues. Sofia has published scholarly articles dealing with the efficiency and distributional impacts of anti-sprawl policies, urban sprawl and land use change in the United States. Additional work has focused on the impacts of parking policies on urban sprawl, land consumption and real estate prices. A further branch of her research has examined the impacts of urban growth controls on forest management practices. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals and has also been presented in several major international conferences.

2007 - PhD in Environmental Science and Management (specialized in Urbanand Environmental Economics) - University of California, Santa Barbara

1997 - B.A. in Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia


Urban Economics and Real Estate, Spatial Analysis with GIS tools, Transportation Economics and Environmental Economics. Urban Amenities, Land use Policies, Urban Sprawl, Transportation Policies, Environmental Impacts of Urban Growth and Form. 

  • Franco, Sofia F., Santos, Carlos Daniel (2021). The impact of Airbnb on residential property values and rents: evidence from Portugal. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 88.
  • Brueckner, Jan K., Franco, Sofia F. (2018). Employer-paid parking, mode choice, and suburbanization. Journal of Urban Economics, 104, 35-46.
  • Franco, Sofia F., Macdonald, Jacob L. (2018). Measurement and valuation of urban greenness: remote sensing and hedonic applications to Lisbon, Portugal. Regional Science and Urban Economics, , 156-180.
  • Franco, Sofia F., Macdonald, Jacob L. (2018). The effects of cultural heritage on residential property values: evidence from Lisbon, Portugal. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 70, 35-56.
  • Brueckner, Jan K., Franco, Sofia F. (2017). Parking and urban form. Journal of Economic Geography, 17 (1), 95-127.
  • Cunha-e-Sá, Maria A., Franco, Sofia F. (2017). The effects of development constraints on forest management at the urbanforest interface. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 99 (3), 614-636.
  • Franco, Sofia F. (2017). Downtown parking supply, work-trip mode choice and urban spatial structure✰,✰✰. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 101, 107-122.
  • Cutter, W. Bowman, Franco, Sofia F. (2012). Do parking requirements significantly increase the area dedicated to parking? A test of the effect of parking requirements values in Los Angeles County. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 46 (6), 901-925.
  • Bento, Antonio M., Franco, Sofia F., Kaffine, Daniel T. (2011). Effectiveness of housing revitalization subsidies in the presence of zoning. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 41 (3), 196-206.
  • Bento, Antonio M., Franco, Sofia F., Kaffine, Daniel (2011). Is there a double-dividend from anti-sprawl policies?. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 61 (2), 135-152.
  • Bento, Antonio M., Franco, Sofia F., Kaffine, Daniel (2011). Welfare effects of anti-sprawl policies in the presence of urban decline. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 40 (3), 439-450.
  • Bento, Antonio M., Franco, Sofia F., Kaffine, Daniel T. (2009). Efficiency and spatial impacts of development taxes: the critical role of alternative revenue-recycling schemes. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 91 (5), 1304-1311.
  • Bento, Antonio M., Franco, Sofia F., Kaffine, Daniel (2006). The efficiency and distributional impacts of alternative anti-sprawl policies. Journal of Urban Economics, 59 (1), 121-141.
  • Franco, Sofia F. (2020). The spatial effects of employer paid parking. Parking Regulation and Management. : The Emerging Tool for a Sustainable City. Taylor and Francis Ltd., 104-122.
  • Franco, Sofia F., Santos, Carlos Daniel, Long, Rafel(2019), (SSRN Electronic Journal), The impact of Airbnb on residential property values and rents: evidence from Portugal.