Industry Studies


The fortunes and labor market practices of individual industries may not only impact workers in these industries, but also have significant spillover effects on other industries. Therefore, understanding the labor market practices of individual industries, and their linkages to other industries, may often give important insights into how to improve labor market outcomes.


  • What determines wages, nonwage compensation, and employment in different industries?
  • What are the consequences of industry declines and booms for workers in these industries, and in the broader economy?
  • How do industries develop the skills (and thus productivity) of their workers?

Selected Institute Research

Where Have All the Michigan Auto Jobs Gone?
Randall Eberts, Upjohn Institute
George Erickcek, Upjohn Institute
Employment Research 16(4): [1]-3, 2009

Sustainable Prosperity in the New Economy? Business Organization and High-Tech Employment in the United States
William Lazonick, University of Massachusetts,-Lowell
Upjohn Institute Press, 2009

Who Really Made Your Car? Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry
Thomas Klier, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
James Rubenstein, Miami University
Upjohn Institute Press, 2008

Higher Education, the Health Care Industry, and Metropolitan Regional Economic Development: What Can “Eds & Meds” Do for the Economic Fortunes of a Metro Area’s Residents?
Timothy Bartik, Upjohn Institute
George Erickcek, Upjohn Institute
Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 08-140, February 2007 NOTE: A shorter version of this paper titled “The Local Economic Impact of ‘Eds & Meds’: How Policies to Expand Universities and Hospitals Affect Metropolitan Economies” appears as Brookings Metropolitan Economy Initiative, Number 7, 2008

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