Alan Gin

Associate Professor of Economics

University of San Diego

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Alan Gin is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and his Master's of Arts and Ph.D. degrees, both in Economics, from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 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. 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 is one of the affiliated faculty members of the University of San Diego's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. 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 over 1,000 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, Newsweek, 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.

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. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Business Association of San Diego and sits on the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Association of Southern California (San Diego Chapter).  He has taught in the University of San Diego’s Study Abroad Programs in Hong Kong and Beijing/Shanghai, and has traveled extensively in the region.

Classes Taught


  • Principles of Economics
  • Statistics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Urban Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Managerial Economics
  • Economic Development of Asia
  • Doing Business with China

Graduate (MBA):

  • Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Managerial Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Environment of Asia
  • Doing Business with China

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 - Union of Pan Asian Communities "Business Leadership Award"

  • 2011 - November 15, 2011 designated "Alan Gin Economic Indicators Day" in the City of San Diego

  • 2011 - November 8, 2011 designated "Alan Gin Economic Indicators Day" in the County of San Diego

  • 2011 - San Diego Daily Transcript "Top Influential"

  • 2007 - Asian Business Association of San Diego "Business Leadership Award"

  • 2006 - Asian Business Association of San Diego "Member of the Year"

  • Asian Heritage Award Winner in "Business Enterprise"

  • 2003 - Graduate "Professor of the Year" as voted by the MBA students at USD

  • 2001 - USD Parents' Association "Award of Excellence"

  • 1994 - San Diego Business Journal's "Who's Who" List