Abbe H. Will
Research Associate and Associate Project Director, Remodeling Futures Program, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Abbe Will is a Research Associate and Associate Project Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS). She manages and contributes research to the Improving America’s Housing report series and manages the quarterly Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), a short-term projection of national home improvement and repair spending.
Abbe’s areas of research within the residential remodeling sector focus on market size and composition; industry structure such as contractor performance, survivorship, specialization, and concentration trends; changing household demographics; remodeling market cycles; and emerging market trends including accessibility modifications, energy-efficiency retrofits, and healthy housing. Her home improvement research has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Marketplace, the Boston Globe, Yahoo Finance, and MarketWatch.
Prior to joining JCHS in 2006, Abbe served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod and Massachusetts Campus Compact.
Abbe holds an M.A. in applied economic policy analysis from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in economics from Kalamazoo College.