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.


Housing policy crucial to stem coronavirus fallout

March 25, 2020 · Research Highlight
Five areas where policymakers should act quickly to address problems in the housing market

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

All Research

Place-Based Jobs Policies

June 14, 2019 · Research

What are realistic job multipliers?

May 3, 2019 · Research Highlight
Upjohn Institute researchers show that job multipliers touted by economic development policymakers are often overstated.

Realistic Local Job Multipliers

April 24, 2019 · Research

Realistic Local Job Multipliers

April 1, 2019 · Research

Incentive Benefits and Costs

October 18, 2018 · Research

"But For" Percentages for Economic Development Incentives

July 31, 2018 · Research Highlight
What percentage estimates are plausible based on the research literature? Better estimates of “but for” percentages depend on developing data that quantitatively measure diverse changes in incentive policies across comparable areas.

Incentives and Local Job Creation

July 31, 2018 · Research

Improving Economic Development Incentives

March 26, 2018 · Research