Beacon Economics

We help our clients make better real estate decisions

Maximize return and minimize risk with predictive analytics and market intelligence from an industry leader

65+ Years Of Collective Experience Serving Developers, Real Estate Investors, And Land Use Professionals Nationwide

Who We Are

Based in Los Angeles, California, Beacon Economics is an independent, data consulting and research firm, specializing in insightful and objective economic and policy analysis. Led by Ph.D. economists, our experts have 65+ years of collective industry experience and wide-ranging expertise conducting economic development analyses, industry profiles, industry cluster analyses, employment analyses, economic impact analyses, and economic forecasting for clients across the nation.

Beacon Economics’ team of talented economists perform a variety of work for cities, counties, states, economic development agencies, and other public-facing clients across the nation. While paying close attention to public narratives, our work is guided by a deep understanding of an economy’s long-term growth prospects and business cycles. Combined with vast data sets that are crucial to examining local regions, our analyses provide public entities with the information and awareness they need to understand the
deeper economic mechanisms and drivers in their areas.

We Deliver Vital Tools To Our Real Estate And Land Use Clients

Cities
Counties
Other Clients

National Conference of State Legislatures Western Association of Chamber Executives Washington State Association of Counties National Development Council
East Bay Economic Development Agency
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

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Economic Development
And Land Use Report

CLIENT: City of Los Angeles Office of the Controller

This analysis takes a deep dive into changes in the City of Los Angeles’ economy over a full decade, identifying both growing and shrinking industries in the City and showing how these changes have affected LA’s neighborhoods.

Beacon Economics’ deep expertise in land use, real estate development analysis, strategic planning, and economic and workforce development is clearly demonstrated in this highly credible report delivered to the controller of the second largest city in the United States. In addition to illustrating how different parts of Los Angeles have been affected over time by the local zoning code, the report analyzes the intersection between land use and economic development, providing recommendations for how the City can best nurture the growth of emerging industries while supporting neighborhoods.

Services For The Real Estate Industry

Regional and Sub-Regional Housing Market Analysis

Residential real estate markets are highly location-specific. Beacon Economics’ deep dive housing market analyses drill down to the regional and sub-regional level and include full demographic profiles covering income levels, population growth, and other key indicators of a market’s development needs. Our analyses also evaluate local regulations and legislation and provide strategies on how to best navigate potential impacts. View a recent regional market analysis.

Economic, Revenue, and Market Forecasting

Employing proprietary, integrated econometric models, Beacon Economics’ forecasts are in high demand and have been used by real estate developers and investors, banks, financial institutions, leading industries, and governments for well over a decade. On record as being among the most accurate forecasters in the business, our top-tier analytic skills, high-frequency data analysis, and PhD-level training, delivers the intel and vision our clients need to plan for changes in their markets and the broader economy. Learn More.

Land Use Analysis

Beacon Economics leverages long- and short-range economic models to identify growth and investment opportunities and advance solutions to commercial and residential real estate challenges across urban, suburban, and rural landscapes.

Workforce, Green, and Affordable Housing Market Analysis

Leveraging its strengths in land use and real estate, Beacon Economics works with communities, governments, and the private sector to ground local and regional planning in best-in-class sustainability practices that ensure housing growth and development is inclusive and adheres to a location’s climate goals.

Economic, Fiscal, and Social Impact Analysis

Real estate development projects are particularly visible and closely watched ventures. Beacon Economics analyzes and effectively communicates the economic, fiscal, and social/community benefits and impacts of housing projects, major commercial developments, and pending or existing legislation in the context of job creation, economic output, tax revenue, and other key variables. Learn More.

Public Policy Analysis

Our team of experienced public policy review experts are highly attune to the complexities of working within the legislative space. We specialize in evaluating existing and proposed legislation that affects residential and commercial real estate through an economic lens. Beacon Economics’ assessments always include practical, hands-on recommendations for addressing and navigating policy related issues.

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Industry Employment Analysis

Beacon Economics analyzes industries and job sectors in support of economic development, business, and public and private investment. We identify economic and employment trends, impacts, and workforce needs within real estate and other industries to help our clients seize new growth opportunities by informing their policy, planning, and investment decisions.

Speaking Engagements

Beacon Economics is a top-tier resource for keynote and business speakers. The firm’s engaging experts are in high demand across North America delivering current economic and policy insights to audiences with varying levels of economic and financial knowledge. Presentations are designed to meet clients’ needs, geography, industry – and are always based on the most recent data available. Learn More.

Consult Our Experts For A Customized Market Analysis Or Forecast

Our Experts

Meet our team of dedicated industry specialists. Each team member brings a unique blend of knowledge, experience, and passion to their respective fields, ensuring that our clients receive the highest level of service and the most optimal outcomes.

  • Justin Niakamal

    Manager, Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis

    Justin Niakamal manages the Regional and Sub-Regional Analysis practice area at Beacon Economics....

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“The team at Beacon Economics has a unique blend of talents that enables them to forecast and decipher the myriad of data we are bombarded with daily and translate that information into direct, understandable, and helpful intelligence for the housing industry.”

Tom Bannon

CEO, California Apartment Association

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Information

For information about any of the Beacon Economics practice areas, please contact:

Business Development Manager Daniel Fowler
at 424-666-2165 or [email protected]

News & Events

With mortgage rates hitting their highest point in 22 years, buyers on a budget are having to get creative to snag a home. Beacon’s Founding Partner Christopher Thornberg warns of a ‘lock in’ effect.

Beacon’s Christopher Thornberg weighs in on a study measuring the confidence levels of small and medium sized businesses towards today’s economic condidtions.

Beacon Economics’ new study on short-term rentals in San Luis Obispo County finds that they are not driving up overall rental rates or housing prices. 

For Speeches

Strategic Partnerships Manager Kristen Lovell
at 424-372-1061 or [email protected]

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Thank you for joining thousands of business and government leaders who use Beacon Economics’ analysis to inform their decision making.

Have questions about how Beacon Economics can help you? Email or call us, and we’ll be in touch promptly. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

To be contacted about Beacon's services, please provide the following information:
We will never share your information without your explicit permission. We use cookies on our site so you won’t need to resubmit your information when you visit again from the same device. Submitting this form will add you to Beacon Economics mailing lists. You can unsubscribe at any time.