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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
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)
Need To Know What’s Next For The U.S. Housing Market?
Watch Founding Partner Christopher Thornberg’s Keynote At Coldwell Banker Town & Country’s 2022 Market Real Estate Forecast
Economic DevelopmentAnd 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
CEO, California Apartment Association
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.