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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.


Our Principles

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.  


Our Leadership

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 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.

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Regional Direction
November 18th 2020

Regional Employment Growth Amidst the Pandemic

The current number of new job posts in the U.S. is roughly 14 percent lower than this time last year, according to a recent data brief released by the FRED Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. With employment continuing to crawl back to pre-pandemic levels and the City of... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 4th 2020

Automation Nation PART 2: Greater Philadelphia's Healthcare and Social Assistance Industry

In the second installment of our Automation Nation series, we dive deeper into automation trends in the U.S. healthcare and social assistance industry and discuss the potential impact in our region. As we previously noted, Greater Philadelphia’s healthcare and social assistance industry has long... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 21st 2020

Philadelphia’s Millennial Population

From delaying marriage and homeownership to their role in progressive social movements, the millennial generation has received plenty of media attention in recent years for their impact on various economic, social, and political trends within the United States. One emerging trend among millennials,... Read More



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