Alan Gin, Ph.D.

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Alan Gin, Ph.D.

Alan Gin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics

Email | agin@sandiego.edu
Phone | (619) 260-4883
Website
Office | Alcala West, Avila 108

    Associate Professor of Economics

    • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Economics
    • M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, Economics
    • B.S. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Economics

    Alan Gin is associate professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. His work experience includes stints with the Community Development Department of the County of Fresno and the Public Works Department of the City of Oxnard. Professor Gin came to the University of San Diego in 1988, after having previous taught at Loyola Marymount University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught undergraduate courses in Principles of Economics, Statistics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Urban Economics, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, Managerial Economics, and the Economic Development of Asia. Graduate-level courses taught include Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, the Business Environment of Asia, and Doing Business with China. In 2001, he was awarded the USD Parents' Association Award of Excellence after being nominated by one of his students. He was voted "Professor of the Year" by the graduate business students at USD for the 2002 - 2003 academic year. Professor Gin is one of the affiliated faculty members of the University of San Diego's Real Estate Institute. His other research interests include local public finance, urban transportation, and the economy of San Diego. On the latter subject, he is best known for developing and publishing the University of San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County, a monthly report on the outlook for the local economy. Professor Gin's insights on the local economy have made him a popular source for interviews, and he has given nearly 800 interviews to local and national media sources. He has been quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Daily Transcript, the San Diego Business Journal, and other publications. He has also been interviewed on KPBS, KFMB, KOGO, KSDO, and KCEO radio, and has made appearances on KFMB, KGTV, KNSD, KUSI, KSWB, and XETV television. For his work on forecasting the local economy, he has been named to the San Diego Business Journal's "Who's Who" list. In addition to studying the local economy, Professor Gin also has an interest in the business environment of Asia in general and of greater China in particular. At one point, he served as the Director of Communications for the John M. Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego. He taught in the University's Summer Study Abroad Programs in Hong Kong and Beijing/Shanghai, and has traveled extensively in the region.

    Selected Current Research

    Broadcast Media

    Gin, A. (2013). Diesel Sales Feed California's Economy. KPBS

    Gin, A. (2013). Economist: Gas Tax Hike to Take $1 Million Out of L.A. Economy. KCBS

    Gin, A. (2013). Gas Prices. NBC 7 San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Government Shutdown Averted. San Diego 6

    Gin, A. (2013). Jumps in consumer confidence, building permits drive local economic rebound. Fox 5 San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diegans Stand to Lose Federal Unemployment Benefits. KPBS

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diego Labor Market. KPBS Radio

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diego Labor Market. KPBS Television

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diego Labor Market. KUSI News

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diego's Economic Forecast 2013. KPBS

    Gin, A. (2013). What is Cheap Gas?. NBC San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Albertsons to Cut 2500 Jobs. NBC San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). How High Gas Prices Can Be Good. NBC San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). SD Economy on Upswing. NBC San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Soaring Gas Prices Slow Down Economy. NBC San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Where San Diegans' Tax Dollars are Spent. NBC San Diego

    Newsletter

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Mixed in September and October. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Up in April. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Up in August. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Up in December - February. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Up in July. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Up in March. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Up in May. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). Leading Indicators Up Slightly in June. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diego's Economic Outlook. Asian Business Association of San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diego's Economic Outlook. Asian Business Association of San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). San Diego's Economic Outlook. Asian Business Association (September 2012)

    Gin, A. (2011). California vs. Texas - Not What the Conventional Wisdom Suggests. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2011). California’s Budget Crisis. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2011). Dealing with the Deficit. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2011). Housing Market Outlook: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Recovery. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2010). 2009 San Diego Economy in Review. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2010). 2011 Economic Forecast. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2010). Housing Market Outlook: L, U, V, or W?. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2010). Is the Great Recession Over?. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2009). A Light at the End of the Tunnel?. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2009). Housing Market Outlook. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2009). National Economic Outlook: Is the Bottom in Sight?. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2009). San Diego’s Economic Outlook. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2009). Will the Stimulus Package Work?. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2008). Anatomy of a Crisis. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2008). Houses of Blues. Asian Business Association, August

    Gin, A. (2008). Inflation Nation. Asian Business Association, June 2

    Gin, A. (2008). National Economic Outlook. Asian Business Association, April

    Gin, A. (2008). To Recession or Not to Recession, That is the Question. Asian Business Association, Februa

    Gin, A. (2007). 2006 Economy in Review. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2007). Asia - 10 Years After the Crash. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2007). National Economic Outlook. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2006). 2005 Labor Market in Review. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2006). 2006 Economic Outlook. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2006). Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble II. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2006). Taking Gas. Asian Business Association

    Gin, A. (2005). 2004 Labor Market in Review. Asian Business Association Newsletter

    Gin, A. (2005). Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble. Asian Business Association Newsletter

    Gin, A. (2005). From America's Finest City to Enron by the Sea: How We Got Here and What Should be Done. Asian Business Association Newsletter

    Gin, A. (2005). The Wal-Martization of the San Diego Economy. Voice of San Diego

    Newspaper

    Gin, A. (2008). An economic slowdown? A recession in San Diego has a style of its own. San Diego Union-Tribune (March 2, 2008)

    Gin, A. (2001). Sunny Regional Economy Diversified to Weather Gloom. San Diego Union-Tribune

    Regular Column in Journal or Newspaper

    Gin, A. (2013). An estimate by the Heritage Foundation says the Senate immigration reform bill would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion over 50 years. Do you agree with this conclusion?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Are big but rare conventions like Comic-Con worth the public investments to attract them and keep them coming?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Are recent federal actions dealing with banks, industry and the budget sufficient to stabilize the U.S. economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Are there economic benefits for San Diego in the immigration reform proposals before Congress?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Are you concerned about the slowdown in S.D. County's job growth and the rise in the unemployment rate?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Are you worried that homeowners will again turn to their home equity as a piggy bank to fund their consumer urges?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Are you worried that housing is headed for another bubble - a steep rise, then a crash?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Can San Diego significantly expand its small export-related economy to compete with other metro areas?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Do companies gain a big enough economic advantage to justify relocating from California to Texas?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Do the stock changes in the Dow Jones Industrial Average signify something bigger for the economy's direction?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Do we have something to be thankful for, economically speaking, in San Diego County this Thanksgiving?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Do you agree with Pope Francis that income inequality is the greatest economic problem facing the world?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Do you agree with the plan to extend the debt limit by three months to provide more time for budget negotiations?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Do you think the high levels of part-time employment will decline anytime soon?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Does a federal govenment shutdown, even a short one, pose lasting economic harm to San Diego's recovery?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Does it matter that GDP is being recalculated to take into account the value of the 'knowledge-based' economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Does San Diego really need a big marketing budget to draw tourist?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Does the proposed scaling back of Social Security benefits represent a good start to reining in entitlement spending?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Does the rocky rollout of Obamacare signal some concern about federal competence in managing the economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Excluding any city budget impact, is there an economic price to pay for the continuing Filner sexual-harassment scandal?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Has NAFTA, on balance, delivered more positives than negatives economically to San Diego and Tijuana?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). How will we know if the economic recovery in San Diego County is for real?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). In light of the widespread flu outbreak, should employers in California be required to provide paid sick time off?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Is a 30 percent drop in gold prices since September 2011's high of $1,920 per ounce a cause for concern?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Is Ben Bernanke running the 'most inappropriate monetary policy in history,' as claimed by a hedge fund manager?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Is Bitcoin, an alternative form of money, here to stay?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Is Sunday postal delivery for Amazon orders a bad thing for San Diego's local businesses?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Is there an economic benefit to charging local sales taxes on all Internet transactions?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Is there still work to be done after the 2008 financial meltdown? What are the top reforms you advocate?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Is working at home on a flexible schedule economically beneficial to employers as well as employees?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). San Diego County's job growth has steadily slowed. Do you expect this slowdown to continue for the rest of the year?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should the U.S. embrace the Hyperloop idea as an economic strategy for speeding travel and commerce?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should California institute a 6.5 percent flat tax on corporate and personal income?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should Congress reinstate bans on federally insured banks operating as investment banks?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should investors fear a big correction in the stock and bond markets? Should they bank their profits and exit now?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should the Fed continue on its current policy of stimulating economic growth through low interest rates?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should the federal government continue to maintain a debt limit that Congress must raise from time to time?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should the Federal minimum wage be raised to $9 per hour from $7.25 as President Obama has recommended?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should the minimum wage be nearly doubled to $15 per hour for fast-food workers?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Should the U.S. mint a $1 trillion coin as a way to avoid defaulting on the federal debt?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). The Fed decided to make no changes to its current stimulus programs last week. Was this the right move?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). What surprised you most about the economy in 2013?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Who would be the best replacement for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Will California's end to enterprise zones and the advent of a new tax incentive system produce higher job growth?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Will China's recent tightening of lending rules affect the pace of economic recovery in the U.S. and San Diego?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Will research projects like the proposed brain-mapping undertaking bring economic benefits to San Diego?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Will San Diego see any immediate effects March 1 of the sequester of $85 billion in federal funds?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Will the increase in 'linkage fee' on commercial developers for affordable housing yield a positive economic impact?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). Will the U.S. be better off on Jan. 1, 2014, than it is today?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). With stock indexes hitting all-time highs, are we facing a correction in the next few weeks?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2013). With the convention center expansion approved, should the Chargers stadium be the next big thing to build, economically speaking?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Are voters better off economically this Election Day than they were on Election Day 2008?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Besides CEOs, can rank-and-file workers expect a raise in the next 12 months, and if so, in what sectors?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Can families recover the net worth they lost from 2007 to 2010 in the expected economic upturn? If so, how many years will it take?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Considering the industry's role in San Diego's economy, should Congress reverse the defense cutbacks?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Considering the industry's role in San Diego's economy, should Congress reverse the defense cutbacks?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Did presidential candidates' comments satisfactorily address the many issues facing the economy in 2013 and beyond?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Do tax cuts lead to economic growth?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Do you expect a run on banks in Greece or other European countries in the next six months?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Do you have any noneconomic indicators that tell you how the economy is doing?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Do you think Obama's proposed tax structure, including raising taxes on the wealthy, in the new federal budget will benefit the economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Does higher consumer confidence point to an upturn in the economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Does the Dow Jones average topping the 13,000 mark for the first time in four years signal that the economy is on a sustainable upward swing?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Does the Greek debt solution provide a good model for handling other European countries' financial problems and helping the European economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Does the lottery have any economic benefit?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Does the outcome of the Greek election bode well for a resolution to the European debt crisis and general economic improvement in the U.S.?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Economy Q1: No A's For Us. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Given the weak labor market, can workers hope for higher wages and benefits anytime soon?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). If China is officially labeled as a 'currency manipulator,' as Mitt Romney proposes, is there an upside for the U.S.?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). If the Supreme Court overturns or sharply scales back Obama's health care law, will there be serious implications for those who again would not be able to afford insurance?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is a proposed $1.5 billion stadium complex on the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal an economically wise investment for the San Diego region?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is income inequality a threat to America's prosperity?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is it good economics for the NFL to have a blackout policy for football games when attendance lags?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is it wise economic policy to cap college student loan interest rates?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is raising the effective federal tax rate on the wealthy to 30 percent, regardless of income source, good economic policy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is the economic payback from the Fed's low-interest-rate policy worth small returns to seniors, other dependent on fixed-income investment?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is the latest Republican plan by Rep. Paul Ryan to reform income tax rates and cut federal spending a credible way to reduce the deficit?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is the U.S. better off today than it was four years ago? How about individual Americans?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is there a short-term fix to the state's budget woes that varies from the cuts and higher taxes being considered?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Is there one deduction or tax break Washington should reduce or eliminate to generate substantially more revenue?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Midyear check. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Rising gas prices are on every San Diegan's mind. Are you concerned that the economic recovery will be threatened by the rising prices?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Should Europe simply give up on Greece and let it leave the eurozone?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Should school districts use construction dollars for computers and other equipment when there are so many maintenance and capital needs?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Should students or unemployed people accept an unpaid internship with the hopes of getting a paid job in a few weeks?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Should taxpayers spend their refunds to boost the local economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Should the U.S. replace the dollar bill with the dollar coin and save a projected $4.4 billion over 30 years?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). The Federal Reserve decided not to do anything at its meeting Wednesday. Was that the right decision?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). What are you thankful for, economically, this Thanksgiving weekend?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). What one action in the postelection period should be taken to speed up economic recovery?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). What one question on the economy would you ask President Obama and Mitt Romney?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). What surprised you most about the key economic indicators in 2012?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Will companies opt to pay tax penalties rather than continue offering health care coverage?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Will the 'Show us your papers' decision by the Supreme Court on Arizona's immigration law lead to many of those worried workers moving to California and boosting local growth and the economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Will the elections results on pensions in S.D. and elsewhere lead to a brain drain in government workers as benefits are cut to balance budgets?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Will the Fed's latest moves to keep interest rates low and expand the money supply stimulate the economy enough to produce more job creation?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Will the London Olympics, which cost $14 billion to put on, yield the projected $20 billion economic payback?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Will the temporary spike in gas prices have any longer-lasting impact on consumer confidence and the S.D. economy?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). Will the U.S. be better off by Election Day than it is today?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). With Michigan's approval of right-to-work laws, is there a place for organized labor in 21st-century America?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). With Rep. Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's running mate, will Ryan's budget plan reduce the federal deficit?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). With the financial prospects so muddled, is there a safe and lucrative place to put your savings and investment dollars?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2012). With the stocks rebounding in recent days, should big and small investors return to the stock market?. U-T San Diego

    Gin, A. (2011). Are our economic problems today attributable in some way to the measures taken after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Are the early positive signs of increased holiday spending signs for an upswing in the economy for 2012?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Are the Occupy Wall Street activists correct that the economy benefits 1 percent of Americans to the detriment of everyone else?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Can any President, regardless of party, greatly change the economy?. San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Can we be thankful for something going right in the economy?. San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Did you habve a major professional accomplishment in 2011? What surprised you most about the economy this year?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Do you think San Diego consumers will be in a better buying mood this coming holiday season than they were in 2010?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Is a federal flat tax a good alternative to the current income tax system?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Is President Obama's proposal to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires good public policy?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Is the $90 billion devoted to infrastructure in President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill a good approach to boosting construction employment?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Is the euro going to survive as a viable currency, given the weakness of the European Union's economy?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Is the United States headed back toward recession?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Is there more the Federal Reserve can do to spur economic growth?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Should Congress include a tighter cap on mortgage interest deductions as part of its next phase of budget cutting?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Should mortgage lenders adopt the president's new refinancing plan to help 'underwater' homeowners?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Will the U.S. economy benefit from the declining value of the U.S. dollar?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). With the stock market in turmoil, is your personal portfolio worth more today than it was on Jan. 1? What advice would you give the rest of us?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Gin, A. (2011). Would you give an A to President Obama or any of the Republican candidates running for president for their knowledge of economics?. The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Research Report

    Gin, A. (2012). April - June 2012 Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2012). August 2012 Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2012). December 2011 Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2012). January 2012 Index of Leading Economic Indicators. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2012). July 2012 Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2012). March 2012 Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2012). October 2012 Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2012). September 2012 Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County. Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

    Gin, A. (2007). University of San Diego's Index of Leading Economics Indicators for San Diego County.

    Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal

    Gin, A.,Riedy, M. (2003). W(h)ither California?. California Mortgage Bankers' Association

    Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New

    Ratcliff, R.,Gin, A. (2011). The Outlook for the San Diego Economy: 2011-13. UCLA Anderson Forecast