Economic Development Quarterly

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is home to Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ). EDQ is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and bringing to the attention of policymakers, decision makers, and researchers the latest quality research findings in economic development.

Upjohn’s mission, vision, and core values of providing unbiased quality research in the areas of employment policy, labor market analysis, and economic and workforce development initiatives closely align with that of EDQ’s mission to promote research supporting the formulation of evidence-based economic development policies, programs, and practices.

We invite you to browse our most current issue, and encourage authors to submit research to EDQ in the areas of Economic Development Theory, Location Theory, Economic Development Finance, Foreign Trade, Economic Development Incentives, Industry Studies, State and Local Economic Development Policy, Labor Economics and Workforce Policy, and Urban and Regional Economies. For questions or additional information please contact: George Erickcek, Co-Editor; Timothy J. Bartik, Co-Editor; or Claudette Robey, Managing Editor, or phone EDQ at 269-385-0469.

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Latest Research Featured in Economic Development Quarterly

February 2023; volume 37 issue 1

We are pleased to bring together some of the best minds in economic and workforce development in the February issue of Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ). Members of the journal’s editorial board, editors, advisors, and associate editors offer commentary addressing key research and policy questions facing economic development and workforce development in the world today.

Sage Journals is offering free public access to this issue through the end of February. This means those without a subscription can access, read, and download the articles, free of charge, during this time. The articles can be accessed here:

EDQ Editor George Erickcek sets the stage for the special issue with an introduction to the articles and the important research and policy questions addressed by our authors. His introduction provides an excellent synopsis of each of the articles and their outcomes. We encourage you to read his introduction and the entirety of the special issue at

Included in this issue are:

Key Research and Policy Questions in Economic Development and Workforce Development

  • "Introduction to the Special Issue," by George A. Erickcek
  • "Seize the Time: Needed Research on Local Economic Development in an Era of Increased Attention to Problems of Place," by Tim Bartik
  • "Can we 'Claim' the Workforce? A Labor-Focused Agenda for Economic Development in the Face of an Uncertain Future," by Karen Chapple and Laura Schmahmann
  • "Improving the U.S. Workforce System by Transforming its Performance Measurement System into an Intelligent Information System," by Randall Eberts
  • "What Is Economic Development? And What Is the Job of an Economic Development Professional?" by Edward (Ned) Hill
  • "Suggestions for Future Research in the Area of Workforce Development Systems and Regional Economic Development in the United States," by Kevin Hollenbeck
  • "Growth in Commuting Patterns and Their Impacts on Rural Workforce and Economic Development," by Matthew Kures and Steven Deller
  • "Fixing Work, and Moving Beyond It," by Cathy Yang Liu, Marc Doussard, and Nichola Lowe
  • "Arts and Cultural Innovation as Small City Economic Development," by Ann Markusen
  • "Policy, Empirical Analysis, and Equity: Challenges for Research," by Richard McGahey
  • "Applied Regional Economic Research Can Improve Development Strategies and Drive Better Outcomes," by Kenneth E. Poole, Allison Forbes, and Nichelle Williams
  • "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Economic Development Policy," by Haifeng Qian, Zoltan J. Acs
  • "Challenges to Identifying Economic Development Impacts," by Shawn Rohlin
  • "Measuring What Matters in Business Support Programs," by Phillip A. Singerman and Kenneth P. Voytek
  • "Prospects for Growth and Change: U.S. Metro Area Forecasts 2022–2032," by Frederick R. Treyz