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Dr. Kevin E. Cahill

Partner / Senior Economist


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

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Boise, ID

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. Kevin has authored dozens of articles and book chapters over the past two decades and regularly presents his research at conferences throughout the country. He is best known for his work 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 National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Western Economics Association International (WEAI), and is a past president of the National Association of Forensic Economics (NAFE). Kevin is also a founding member of the editorial board of Work, Aging, and Retirement and serves as an editorial board member and reviewer for a variety of 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

Does bridge employment mitigate or exacerbate inequalities later in life? (Forthcoming)

Job quality in the late career in Sweden, Japan and the United States (May 2022)

The Impact of Using a Race-Neutral Model to Predict the Educational Attainment and Income of a Child in Personal Injury Litigation (June 2022)

Changes in Job Quality as People Work Beyond Pensionable Age in Sweden (July 2022)

Unretirement in the 2010s: Prevalence, Determinants, and Outcomes (September 2020)

The Importance of Gradual Retirement in America Today (August 2020)

The Retirement Income Security Outlook for Older Workers: Causes for Concern and Reasons for Optimism (October 2019)

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)

Recent Expert Testimony

Oda, Dolphine vs. University of Washington, et al., violation of equal pay act lawsuit, Superior Court of the State of Washington, King County, opinion as to plaintiff’s production and compensation relative to other professors, testimony taken in deposition, August 4, 2022.

Cinemark Holdings, Inc., et al. vs. Factory Mutual Insurance Company, business interruption lawsuit, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, opinion as to defendant’s experts’ industry trends and but-for world analysis, testimony taken in deposition, July 28, 2022.

Miller, Audrey K. vs. Sam Houston State University, et al., wrongful denial of tenure proceeding, United States District Court, District of Southern Texas, opinion as to plaintiff’s loss of earnings, testimony taken in deposition, July 22, 2022.

City of Seattle vs. Monsanto Company, et al., public nuisance, product liability, and negligence claim for environmental contamination associated with the production of PCBs, United States District Court, Western District of Washington, opinion as to defendants’ expert’s statistical analyses regarding the number of anglers, fish consumption, and awareness of and behavioral responses to fish consumption advisories in the Lower Duwamish Waterway, testimony taken in deposition, May 31, 2022.

Maney P., et al. vs. State of Oregon, et al., class action civil rights lawsuit on behalf of adults in custody in Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, United States District Court, District of Oregon, Eugene Division, opinion regarding representativeness and other statistical analyses related to the proposed class, testimony taken in deposition, December 16, 2021.

Wyatt B and Noah F., et al. vs. Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, et al., class action civil rights lawsuit on behalf of foster care children in Oregon, United States District Court, District of Oregon, Eugene Division, opinion as to the plaintiffs’ experts’ statistical analyses and other statistical analyses related to the class, testimony taken in deposition, March 5, 2021.

Westmark Industries, Inc. vs. Bartels Packing, Inc., et al., complaint for wrongful use of civil proceedings, Multnomah County Circuit Court, State of Oregon, opinion as to defendant’s lost profits, testimony taken in trial, November 6, 2019.

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.

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