About the Upjohn Institute


The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research organization devoted to investigating the causes and effects of unemployment, to identifying feasible methods of insuring against unemployment, and to devising ways and means of alleviating the distress and hardship caused by unemployment.  The Institute is an activity of the W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation, which was established in 1932 to administer a fund set aside by Dr. W.E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company.


  1. Link scholarship, evaluation, and experimentation with issues of public and private employment and unemployment policy.
  2. Bring new knowledge to the attention of policymakers and decision makers.
  3. Make knowledge and scholarship relevant and useful in their applications to the solutions of employment and unemployment problems.


The Trustee Corporation was founded by Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Upjohn in 1932. The Declaration of Trust sets forth its purpose,

. . . for research into the causes and effects of unemployment and to study and investigate the feasibility and methods of insuring against unemployment and devise ways and means of preventing and alleviating the distress and hardship caused by unemployment . . .

In 1945, the Board of Trustees established the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Community Research, the forerunner of today’s Institute for Employment Research.
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President’s Letter

The President of the Upjohn Institute is Dr. Randall W. Eberts.
President’s letter

Current & Recent Research Projects

The staff members of the Upjohn Institute conducts a full and active roster of research that addresses the mission of the Institute. Much of the research is conducted in collaboration with scholars throughout the world. All of the research is objective and nonpartisan.
Current and recent project activities


A resident staff of economists, nine of whom hold PhD degrees, conducts research on a wide variety of employment issues. These senior staff economists are supported by research analysts, librarians, an information technology team, and administrative staff.
Research Staff

EMSD / Michigan Works!

The Employment Management Services Division is the administrative entity for the local Workforce Investment Board, administering all of the federal and state employment programs for Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties.

Contact Information

Find contact information for the Institute’s Research Division, Publications, and EMSD.
Phone, fax, e-mail, and mailing address

Board of Trustees

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is an activity of the W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation. This nonprofit foundation is directed by its Board of Trustees.

Directions / Maps

Both written directions and maps are available.
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