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Rainer Vomhofe

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 6209 Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-3835
Email: rainer.vomhofe@uc.edu

Biography: Born and raised in rural Bavaria, Rainer vom Hofe is a regional scientist whose work focuses on urban and regional economic development. He has studied and written about regional economic modeling, economic and fiscal impact analysis, as well as various quantitative planning methods. Dr. vom Hofe&39;s most recent research activities focuses on evaluating the economic benefits of non-market amenities (such as parks and bike trails) have on single-family residential properties, through advanced spatial modeling techniques. A study with Dr. Olivier Parent, Economics, evaluating the effects of proximity to the Little Miami Scenic Trail in Cincinnati on property values was awarded a $21,000 interdisciplinary research grant from the University Research Council at UC. The first results of this research are posted on UC&39;s website (http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=14300) and have received nationwide attention. Dr. vom Hofe co-authored with Dr. Xinghao Wang Research Methods in Urban and Regional Planning (2007), a comprehensive book on the most important analytical methods for the planning profession. The book is a widely used text on planning methods in the US as well as overseas and is available in digital form through Tsinghao University Press, Beijing, and Springer, Berlin. His other academic work includes theoretical and applied papers on industrial clusters analysis: "Whither or not Industrial Clusters? Conclusions or Confusions" and "Method for Identifying Local and Domestic Industrial Clusters Using Interregional Commodity Trade Data." He also contributed three entries on applied regression analysis in Salkind (2010) Encyclopedia of Research Design. He has consulted on economic impact analysis projects and fiscal impact models, including the development of the OKI Fiscal Impact Analysis Model. Dr. vom Hofe earned a Ph.D. in Regional Science from Cornell University. For his doctoral dissertation research, he developed a regional Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model to assess selected housing policies in New York State. This research was supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the award of a Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG). Dr. vom Hofe also holds a master&39;s degree in regional science from Cornell and a Dipl. Ing. (FH) in agricultural engineering from the Fachhochschule Weihenstephan, Germany. Prior to his academic career, vom Hofe managed the largest ranch project in West Africa for a period of five years. The project, which is located in Togo, employed 50 local employees and had a life stock of 2,800 cattle and 2,500 pigs on 21,000 acres land. Vom Hofe is currently serving his second five-year consecutive term as planning commissioner for the City of Cincinnati. He lives in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati with his wife and two children and enjoys soccer, hiking, travel, motorcycles, and live music.

Research Information

Research Interests

Urban and Regional Economics
Economic Development Planning
Quantitative Methods for Urban and Regional Policy Analysis
Statistical Analysis
Spatial Econometrics
Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis
Hedonic Pricing Modeling

Research Support

  • (Collaborator), Auffrey, Christopher; Honadle, Beth; Looye, Johanna; Vomhofe, Rainer; Zapata, Marisa, An External Evaluation of the Strong Economies Together (SET) Initiative, Department of Agriculture. (018000-340452-02/ RBS1039), $100,000.00. 05/01/2011 to 08/31/2013. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Honadle, Beth; Vomhofe, Rainer; Zapata, Marisa, Advanced Evaluation of the Stronger Economies Together Initiative for U.S. Regional Rural Development, Department of Agriculture. (018000.340452.18 \ RBS1039), $49,451.00. 01/01/2013 to 12/31/2014. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Rainer vom Hofe,Olivier Parent, and Meghan Grabill (2016). (In Progress). Teardown and rebuild: Impact on neighboring housing prices. To Be Determined.
  • Rainer vom Hofe, Oana Mihaescu, and Mary Lynne Boorn (2016). (In Progress). Do urban parks really benefit homeowners economically? Evidence from a spatial hedonic study of the Cincinnati park system. To Be Determined.
  • Conrad Kickert and Rainer vom Hofe (2016). (Under Revision). Critical mass matters - The benefits of retail agglomeration at the micro-scale in downtown Detroit and The Hague. Urban Studies.
  • Rayman Mohamed, Rainer vom Hofe, and Sangida Mazumder (2014). A spatial hedonic study of the jurisdictional spillover effects of sprawl on accidents. Journal of Accident Analysis & Prevention, 72, 9-16.
  • Honadle, Walter Beth, Marisa Zapata, Christopher Auffrey, Rainer vom Hofe and Johanna Looye (2014). Developmental evaluation and the ‘Stronger Economies Together’ initiative in the United States. Evaluation and Program Planning, 43, 64-72.
  • Oana Mihaescu and Rainer vom Hofe (2013). Using spatial regression to estimate property tax discounts from proximity to brownfields: A tool for local policy-making. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 15 (1).
  • Olivier Parent and Rainer vom Hofe (2012). Understanding the economic benefits of trails on residential property values. Annals of Regional Science, 51 (2), 355-375.
  • Oana Mihaescu and Rainer vom Hofe (2012). The impact of brownfields on residential property values in Cincinnati, Ohio: A spatial hedonic approach. Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 42 (3), 223-236.
  • Rainer vom Hofe and Saurav Dev Bhatta (2007). Method for identifying local and domestic industrial clusters using interregional commodity trade data. The Industrial Geographer, 4 (2), 2-27.
  • Rainer vom Hofe and Ke Chen (2006). Whither or not industrial cluster: Conclusions or confusions. The Industrial Geographer, 4 (1), 2-28.
  • Rainer vom Hofe and Ke Chen (2007). Understanding housing as an economic stimulus: A regional computable general equilibrium (CGE) model for New York State housing. Chiang Mai University Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 1 (1), 69-92.

Published Books

  • Xinhao Wang and Rainer vom Hofe (2007). Research Methods in Urban and Regional Planning. Beijing and Berlin: Tsinghua University Press and Springer.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Rainer vom Hofe (2010). Regression Coefficient. Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp.1230-1233).
  • Rainer vom Hofe (2010). Residual. Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp.1267-1271).
  • Rainer vom Hofe (2010). Residual Plot. Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp.1262-1267).
  • Rainer vom Hofe (2005). Charles Mills Tiebout. Encyclopedia of the City

    Technical Reports

    • Beth Honadle, Christopher Auffrey, Rainer vom Hofe, Johanna Looye, Zach Woolard, and Marisa Zapata (2012). External Evaluation of the Stronger Economies Together (SET) Initiative. Report for the United States Department of Agriculture and the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University..
    • Menelaos Triantafillou, Rainer vom Hofe, Tony Bonanno, Nitin Gurnani, Tanya Kosheleva, Sanmati Naik, and Greg Brumit (2005). Opportunity for Business / Industrial Development..

    Additional Publications

    Review

    • Rainer vom Hofe (2009). (Rev. of Clusters and Regional Development: Critical Reflections and Explorations). In Bjorn Asheim, Philip Cooke, and Ron Martin (Eds.), Journal of Urban Affairs: Routledge.
    • Rainer vom Hofe (2008). (Rev. of Policy Analysis of Transport Networks). In Van Geenhuizen, Reggiani and Rietveld (Eds.), Ashgate Publishing.

    Presentations & Lectures

    Invited Presentations

    • Rayman Mohamed and Rainer vom Hofe (2014). Jurisdictional Spillover Effects of Sprawl on Injuries and Fatalities 54rd annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), Philadelphia, PA.
    • Oana Mihaescu and Rainer vom Hofe (2012). Brownfield Sites and their Impacts on Residential Property Values: A Spatial Hedonic Regression Approach 53rd annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Olivier Parent (2012). Understanding the Economic Benefits of Trails on Residential Property Values in the Presence of Spatial Dependence 51st annual Western Regional Science Association(WRSA) Conference, Kauai, HI.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Olivier Parent (2011). Economic Benefits of Trails on Residential Property Values in the Presence of Spatial Dependence 52nd annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Chris Auffrey (2009). Revisiting Fiscal Impact Analysis: The Missing Fiscal Impact Analysis – Land Use Link 50th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Christal City, VA.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Oana Mihaescu (2008). Identifying Interindustry Linkages in Regional Industrial Clusters: The Metalworking Cluster in Chicago The Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Oana Mihaescu (2007). Measuring and Mapping Interindustry Linkages: The Metalworking Cluster in Chicago 48th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Saurav Dev Bhatta (2007). The Importance of Interregional Trade in Industrial Cluster Analysis: The Case of Chicago The Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
    • Kazuya Kawamura and Rainer vom Hofe (2006). Economic Impact Of Truck Lanes - A CGE Analysis 47th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Fort Worth, TX.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Saurav Dev Bhatta (2006). The Relevance of Non-regional Trade Activities in Industrial Cluster Analysis: The Case of Chicago Mid Continental Regional Science Association and IMPLAN Joint Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
    • Ke Chen and Rainer vom Hofe (2006). Industrial Clusters in Local and National Context: The Case of Chicago Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Ke Chen (2005). The Importance of Geographic Space in Industrial Cluster Analysis 46th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Kansas City, MS.
    • Rainer vom Hofe, Kazuya Kawamura, and Mingxuan Wang (2005). A Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Approach to Evaluate the Impacts of Freight Projects Transport Chicago 2005 Conference, Chicago, IL.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Kazuya Kawamura (2004). The Economic Benefits of In-House Transportation: The Chicago 2020 Regional Transportation Plan 45th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Portland, OR.
    • Rainer vom Hofe and Kazuya Kawamura (2002). A Regional Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Model for Housing Policy Analysis: The Case of New York State 49th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    • Rainer vom Hofe (2002). A Regional Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Model for Housing Policy Analysis: The Case of New York State 43rd annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, Baltimore, MD.
    • Rainer vom Hofe (1998). Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Erie Canal Corridor Project Initiative 45th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Santa Fe, NM.
    • Rainer vom Hofe (1998). Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Erie Canal Corridor Project Initiative National IMPLAN User’s Conference, Washington, DC.

    Experience & Service

    Student Advising

    • Talleen Khirwadkar (Master), Chair. Status: Completed (2016)
    • Mary Lynne Boorn (Doctoral), Chair. Status: In Progress
    • Meghan Grabill (Doctoral), Committee Member. Status: In Progress
    • Basheer Alshammari (Doctoral), Committee Member. Status: In Progress

    Service

    • Committee Member, City of Cincinnati City of Cincinnati Planning Commission, 2006 to 2017
    • Committee Member, City of Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeal, 2006 to 2017
    • Committee Member, Steering Committee Member for University Impact Area Solutions Study , 2015 to 2016
    • Committee Member, Faculty Senate Planning Committee, 2006 to 2008
    • External Reviewer of the Graduate Program in Economics , 2013
    • Curriculum Committee , 2006 to 2016
    • RPT Committee (Alternate), 2006 to 2009
    • RPT Committee (Alternate), 2014 to 2016
    • Committee Member, Grievance Committee, 2012 to 2016
    • Committee Member, Library Committee, 2011 to 2014
    • Committee Member, Lecture Series Committee, 2011 to 2014
    • Committee Member, Ph.D. Committee, 2008 to 2009
    • Committee Member, Ph.D. Committee, 2015 to 2016
    • Committee Chair, RPT Committee, 2012 to 2015
    • Committee Chair, Curriculum Committee , 2011 to 2014
    • Committee Member, RPT Committee, 2002 to 2005
    • Committee Member, RPT Committee, 2006 to 2008
    • Committee Member, RPT Committee (Alternate), 2008 to 2011
    • Academic Advisor to second/third Year Undergraduate Students, 2005 to 2009
    • Academic Advisor to third/forth Year Undergraduate Students, 2011 to 2014
    • International Journal of Sustainable Transportation
    • Utilities Policy
    • Contemporary Economic Policy
    • Professional Geographer
    • Journal of Housing Economics
    • Journal of Environment Planning and Management
    • International Planning Studies Journal
    • South African Journal of Economics

    Other Experience and Professional Memberships

    • 2006 to 2017 ,City Of Cincinnati Planning Commissioner, City of Cincinnati

    Courses Taught

    • -PLAN-7005 METHODS OF PLANNING
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 15FS

    • Applied Regression Analysis for Planners
      Applied Regression Analysis for Planners
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 15FS

    • PLAN3003/URBN3003
      PLAN3003/URBN3003
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 16SS

    • Methodologies of Economic Development Planning
      Methodologies of Economic Development Planning
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 16SS

    • PLAN4084
      PLAN4084
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 15US

    • PLAN7062
      PLAN7062
      Level: Graduate

    • Graduate Independent Study
      Graduate Independent Study
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 16SS

    • Urban Applications of Economic Concepts
      Urban Applications of Economic Concepts
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 15SS

    • Methodologies of Economic Development Planning
      Methodologies of Economic Development Planning
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 15SS

    • Applied Regression Analysis for Planners
      Applied Regression Analysis for Planners
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 14FS

    • Methods of Planning Systems Analysis
      Methods of Planning Systems Analysis
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 14FS

    • Finance & Budgeting for Planners
      Finance & Budgeting for Planners
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 14US

    • Methodologies of Economic Development Planning
      Methodologies of Economic Development Planning
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 14SS

    • Statistics for Urban Settings
      Statistics for Urban Settings
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 13FS

    • Methods of Planning Systems Analysis
      Methods of Planning Systems Analysis
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 13FS

    • Finance & Budgeting for Planners
      Finance & Budgeting for Planners
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 13US

    • Methods of Research
      Methods of Research
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 13SS

    • Graduate Independent Study
      Graduate Independent Study
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 13SS

    • Methods of Planning Systems Analysis
      Methods of Planning Systems Analysis
      Level: Graduate
      Comments: Fall Semester 2012-2013
    • Applied Regression Analysis for Planners
      Applied Regression Analysis for Planners
      Level: Graduate
      Comments: Fall Semester 2012-2013
    • PLAN713
      PLAN713
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 12S

    • Methods of Research II
      Methods of Research II
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 12S

    • Planning Statistics I
      Planning Statistics I
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 12W

    • Policy Analysis for Regional Development Planning
      Policy Analysis for Regional Development Planning
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 12W

    • Policy Planning for Economic Development
      Policy Planning for Economic Development
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 11A

    • Statistics for Planners
      Statistics for Planners
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 11A

    • Economic Development Planning Methods
      Economic Development Planning Methods
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 11S

    • Methods of Research II
      Methods of Research II
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 11S

    • Planning Statistics I
      Planning Statistics I
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 11W

    • Finance and Budgeting for Planners
      Finance and Budgeting for Planners
      Level: Undergraduate
      Term: 11W

    • Policy Planning for Economic Development
      Policy Planning for Economic Development
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 09A

    • Policy Analysis for Regional Development Planning
      Policy Analysis for Regional Development Planning
      Level: Graduate
      Term: 09A

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