Since its founding in 1909, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia has been an independent organization that believes high-quality, nonpartisan, and objective intelligence about the region’s most important challenges and opportunities is a crucial driver of equitable prosperity in Greater Philadelphia. The PolicyHub initiative generates insights that align with the organization’s role as a regional “think and do” tank that focuses on inclusive growth, equitable opportunities, and shared prosperity.
PolicyHub is building three main components:
A web-based public-access data repository that aggregates regional economic data in user-friendly and intuitive ways.
A regular policy newsletter, Leading Indicators, that publishes original insights derived from the data repository.
A real-time policy analysis service providing city officials, civic leaders, and the public with nonpartisan research.
PolicyHub is guided by the same principles that have guided the Economy League since 1909: objectivity, transparency, and independence:
PolicyHub produces research insights using only accepted research methodologies driven by unbiased research questions, built on data from reputable sources (e.g. government offices, the U.S. Census Bureau, national research organizations, etc.), comparative cases, or outlined best practices from previous research.
As a public charity supported by a cross-sector Board of Directors, the Economy League works solely in the public interest for the shared prosperity of the Philadelphia metropolitan region. PolicyHub makes all data, analyses, and results publicly available.
Like the Economy League more broadly, PolicyHub does not engage in advocacy; its analyses follow the facts and represent the views of the Economy League alone. There is a firewall between the interests of members of the Board and the research agenda of the organization. PolicyHub research aims to ascertain the costs and benefits of legislative or administrative proposals, with the sole object of advancing the shared prosperity of the Greater Philadelphia region.
The PolicyHub initiative is guided by an expert Advisory Committee composed of a cross-sector of leaders who provide insight and guidance on ongoing projects. This committee is chaired by Lara Rhame, Chief US Economist for FS Investments.
LEADING INDICATORS STORIES
Leading Indicators is PolicyHub's regular newsletter of curated data and policy stories - headlined with our own original Leading Indicator data brief. These data briefs provide context on local topics of interest.
In May 2019 we examined income inequality by race, ethnicity, and gender among Philadelphia’s workforce. In this Leading Indicator, we revisit these measures to benchmark the city’s progress towards racial and gender equality in pay. Key Takeaways: Philadelphia's Black households... Read More
The economic lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is entering its fifth month. Businesses of all sizes are reeling from its effects. While some have been able to take advantage of federal, state, and local cash relief programs, many have been forced to close their doors forever. In fact,... Read More
Since the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S. and the subsequent economic lockdown, the federal government provided relief to small businesses via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This loan program, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), was meant to infuse... Read More
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