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ABOUT POLICYHUB

 

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:

 

Objectivity 

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.     

 

Transparency 

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.  

 

Impartiality 

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 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.

 
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Regional Direction
October 20th 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia – Part 3: Looking in the CPI’s Basket of Goods

This data brief is the third part in our series covering the impact of inflation on Greater Philadelphia. In the second part of this series, we compared the inflation rate of Greater Philadelphia with the other top 20 metropolitan regions in the United States from 2011 to 2021 and found there to be... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 6th 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia – Part 2: Comparing Metropolitan Inflation

This data brief is the second part in our series covering the impact of inflation on Greater Philadelphia. In the first part of this series, we described how inflation is measured and its potential impact on the purchasing power of Greater Philadelphia’s residents. For part two of this series, we... Read More
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Regional Direction
September 22nd 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia – Part 1: De-Mystifying Local Inflation

As Greater Philadelphia’s economy slowly emerges from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation has become a growing concern. The pandemic-induced economic lockdowns caused major supply chain disruptions across the globe that will have a long-term impact on the price of goods and services.... Read More

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