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Kevin C. Gillen, PhD

Kevin Gillen

Senior Research Fellow
Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation


Kevin Gillen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. With a background in urban economics and real estate finance, Kevin Gillen’s research and consulting work 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 economic feasibility of proposed development projects, the costs/benefits of local and regional public policy options, and the design and implementation of local economic development strategies. He also produces regular reports and presentations on the outlook for both the national local housing markets, and provides expert witness support in litigation matters.

Kevin Gillen received his PhD in Applied Economics in 2005 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and received both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Dissertation Award and Lincoln Land Institute Dissertation Fellowship.

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

Kevin C. Gillen, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
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