Dr. Kevin E. Cahill

Senior Economist

Kevin specializes in the economics of aging, labor economics, and statistical methods.

Office: Boise, ID
Phone: 208-515-3353

Ph.D. Economics, Boston College
M.A. Economics, Boston College
B.A. Mathematics and Economics (with honors), Rutgers College

Kevin is a partner and senior economist at ECONorthwest and a research economist at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. He is experienced in labor economics, applied econometrics, and public policy, and testifies in court as an expert witness. Spanning two decades Kevin has authored or co-authored over 30 academic journal articles and book chapters on topics related to applied microeconomics and has presented his research at more than 70 conferences across the country and internationally. He is best known for his research on labor market transitions using the Health and Retirement Study, a large nationally-representative dataset of older Americans. His current projects examine patterns of labor force withdrawal, including bridge job employment, phased retirement, and re-entry.

Kevin is a member of the American Economics Association (AEA), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Western Economics Association International (WEAI), and is currently the president of the National Association of Forensic Economics (NAFE). Kevin also serves as an ad hoc reviewer and editorial board member for various academic journals. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Kevin held positions at Analysis Group and Abt Associates in Boston, Massachusetts, and was the associate director for research at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. He earned his B.A. in mathematics and economics (double major with honors) from Rutgers College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Boston College.

Recent Publications

Retirement Patterns of the Early and Middle Baby Boomers (January 2019)

Transitions from Career Employment Among Public- and Private-Sector Workers (August 2018)

Is Bridge Job Activity Overstated? (May 2018)

Challenges and Opportunities of Living and Working Longer (September 2017)

The Relative Effectiveness of the Minimum Wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit as Anti-Poverty Tools( April 2017)

To What Extent is Gradual Retirement a Product of Financial Necessity? (January 2017)

Pension Generosity in Oregon and its Impact on the K12 Workforce (April 2016)

The New World of Retirement Income Security in America (May 2016)

Evolving Patterns of Work and Retirement (2016)

Recent Expert Testimony

ProTech Industries, Inc. vs. Wickum Weld, Inc., misappropriation of trade secrets proceeding, Superior Court for Clark County, State of Washington, opinion as to plaintiff’s lost profits and unjust enrichment, testimony taken in deposition, October 17, 2018.

Arbitration between the City of Portland and the Portland Fire Fighters’ Association, opinion as to the generosity of the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) relative to firefighters’ pension benefits in comparable cities, testimony taken in arbitration, September 26, 2017.

James Moffat and Gayle Moffat vs. Cedar Grove Composting, Inc., loss of use and enjoyment of property proceeding, Superior Court for Snohomish County, State of Washington, opinion as to defendant’s positive economic impacts and achievement of stated public policy goals, testimony taken in trial, April 3, 2017.

Mobilitie, LLC Petition for Declaratory Ruling before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the Matter of Promoting Broadband for All Americans by Prohibiting Excessive Charges for Access to Public Rights of Way, WT Docket No. 16-421, opinion as the economics of local government right of way fees, written testimony submitted to the FCC, March 8, 2017; reply declaration submitted to the FCC, April 7, 2017.

Application by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for a Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline, Before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of the State of South Dakota, rebuttal testimony on behalf of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe regarding the socioeconomic analysis contained in the U.S. Department of State’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, testimony taken in Pierre, SD in front of the PUC, August 3, 2015.

Multnomah County vs. Conway Construction Company, et al., bridge construction damages proceeding, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon, opinion as to plaintiff’s economic damages due to the installation of defective bridge decking, testimony taken in trial, February 25, 2015.

KForce vs. Brett Oxenhandler, et al., business damages proceeding, United States District Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle, opinion as to plaintiff’s calculation of economic damages, testimony taken in deposition, February 5, 2015.

State of Oregon, ex rel. John Kroger, Attorney General vs. AU Optronics Corporation, et al., TFT-LCD antitrust litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of California at San Francisco, opinion as to the apportionment of damages across purchaser and product groups, testimony taken in deposition, August 11, 2014.