Regional Policy & Planning

Upjohn researchers monitor our immediate region in depth and examine broader urban and regional issues.

We analyze policies that affect industry sectors and regional collaboration. As part of our commitment to our own region, we also create economic forecasts, economic impact studies and policy studies of the economies of western Michigan.

The Institute also investigates how urban and regional labor markets work, from both the demand and the supply sides, and examine how public policy could improve local labor market outcomes. Because small business is crucial to economic development, especially in urban areas, we pay particular attention to the role of entrepreneurs.


New apartment buildings in low-income areas decrease nearby rents

January 10, 2020 · Research Highlight
New research shows new market-rate buildings lower nearby rents 5 to 7 percent and cause more people from lower-income neighborhoods to move in.

Making Sense Of Incentives: Taming Business Incentives to Promote Prosperity

October 11, 2019 · Research Highlight
New book provides best practices for the use of economic development incentives

New construction makes homes more affordable—even for those who can't afford the new units

July 5, 2019 · Research Highlight
New market-rate housing can lower housing costs in neighborhoods across a metro area

All Research

Supply Shock versus Demand Shock

February 6, 2020 · Research

New apartment buildings in low-income areas decrease nearby rents

January 10, 2020 · Research Highlight
New research shows new market-rate buildings lower nearby rents 5 to 7 percent and cause more people from lower-income neighborhoods to move in.

Supply Shock versus Demand Shock

January 10, 2020 · Research

Making Sense Of Incentives: Taming Business Incentives to Promote Prosperity

October 11, 2019 · Research Highlight
New book provides best practices for the use of economic development incentives

What Should States Do about Incentives?

September 6, 2019 · Research

New construction makes homes more affordable—even for those who can't afford the new units

July 5, 2019 · Research Highlight
New market-rate housing can lower housing costs in neighborhoods across a metro area

Place-Based Jobs Policies

June 14, 2019 · Research