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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
January 27th 2023

Philadelphia Neighborhood Changes - Part 1: Resident Populations

With the recent release of the five-year estimates of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), we can now examine recent demographic and socioeconomic changes among Philadelphia’s neighborhoods – using our historic neighborhood mapping tool. This allows us to keep up to date... Read More
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Regional Direction
January 17th 2023

New Residents in Philadelphia – Part 1

In this Leading Indicator we dig into the new resident population of Philadelphia since 2018 to better understand changes in the region’s labor market in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia has seen growth in its out-of-state resident population since the start of the pandemic [1], and... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 14th 2022

A Review of 2022's Leading Indicators

In our last Leading Indicator of 2022, we reflect on our work this past year and review lessons learned. We also want to hear from you, our readers, about what you think we should cover in 2023; Please Take  our 2023 Topic Poll.   Reviewing Themes for 2022 Leading Indicators In 2022, our... Read More
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