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.


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.

"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.

All Research

Toledo Promise Scholarship Concept Study

January 1, 2009 · Research

What Works in State Economic Development?

January 1, 2009 · Research