Jeffrey Lin is vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He leads the regional and microeconomics section and the team responsible for producing the Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey and other economic indicators. He is co-director of the Philadelphia Federal Statistical Research Data Center and co-editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics. His research interests are urban and regional economics and economic growth. In recent research, he has studied factors shaping long-run metropolitan and neighborhood dynamics and simultaneous invention by multiple independent inventors.
His articles have appeared in leading economics journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, the American Economic Review, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. His 2012 article with Hoyt Bleakley, “Portage and Path Dependence,“ received an IPUMS Research Award. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A. in economics and mathematical methods in the social sciences from Northwestern University.