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Kevin C. Gillen, PhD

Kevin Gillen

Senior Research Fellow
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation


Kevin C. Gillen, Ph.D. is an economist who holds positions as both a Senior Research Fellow with the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and an adjunct Professor of Finance at Drexel University.

With a background in urban economics, real estate finance and public policy, Dr. Gillen’s research and consulting practice is concentrated in applied work in the analysis of real estate developments and operation of real estate markets, including their fiscal, economic and financial implications. This work is deployed in advising both public and private sector entities on the costs/benefits of public policy options, as well as the design and implementation of local economic development strategies. His research on urban economic issues appears in numerous publications and is cited in various policy applications.

Dr. Gillen’s past clients have included the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia Land Bank, the State of Rhode Island, CoreLogic, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission, Jones Lang LaSalle, the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, the New Jersey Council for Affordable Housing, the Congress for New Urbanism, Toll Brothers Inc., the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority, the City of Philadelphia’s Treasurer’s Office, the Philadelphia Gas Works, the Bank of Delmarva, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the William Penn Foundation, and the U.S. Geological Survey, to name a few.

He also maintains an active practice in litigation consulting as an expert witness. Past clients have included Pepper & Hamilton LLP, Fox Rothschild LLP, Cozen O’Connor LLP, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Dechert LLP and Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP.

Dr. Gillen’s research has been cited in the Financial Times, the Wall St. Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Bond Buyer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Citizen and Philadelphia Magazine. He has testified multiple times on matters of real estate trends and public policy issues to Philadelphia City Council, the Pennsylvania State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Gillen has been producing regular quarterly reports on the state of the Philadelphia region’s housing and condo markets since he was a student at Wharton. The reports are made available to the general public free of charge. Their findings are frequently cited by local media outlets and he regularly presents their results at local industry conferences and public meetings. Current and past reports can be accessed here.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Citizen have described him as "a highly regarded economist" "who has brought order and credibility to housing data over the last several years as a neutral, not an industry, source" and is "a well-respected economist" who is "the foremost expert on property values in the Philadelphia region."

Dr. Gillen also serves as a board member of the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Builders’ Association and the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors. He is also the Senior Economic Advisor to Houwzer LLC.

Dr. Gillen has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Drexel University, Temple University and Thomas Jefferson University (formerly “Philadelphia University”).

He is also deeply experienced in the programming languages of SAS, Matlab and Mathematica.

Prior to joining Drexel University, Dr. Gillen held positions as the Chief Economist of Meyers Research LLC, as a Senior Research Consultant with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute, a Senior Economist with CoreLogic and as a Vice President of Econsult Corp.

Dr. Gillen received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics in 2005 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in urban economics and real estate finance. While at Wharton, he received both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Dissertation Award and Lincoln Land Institute Dissertation Fellowship Award; the two highest dissertation awards in the field of urban economics. Before matriculating at Wharton, Dr. Gillen worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and HUD’s Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in Washington D.C. He received his B.A. in economics with a minor in mathematics from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and also graduated with a Regents Diploma from Holland Central School in Holland, N.Y.

Kevin C. Gillen, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
Drexel University
3600 Market Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104