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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 15th 2022

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia: The October 2022 Update

This Leading Indicator provides updates on localized inflation rates for Greater Philadelphia after the release of latest October 2022 Consumer Price Index (CPI) estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As price increases continue to slow down from August 2022, we unpack the impact of... Read More
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Regional Direction
November 3rd 2022

Test Driving the Anchor Economy Dashboard

For years, hospitals and universities have been regarded as key players in regional economies. While corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities may relocate to reduce costs, these so-called ‘anchor institutions’ are rooted in place through assets like real estate, infrastructure, and human... Read More
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Regional Direction
October 20th 2022

Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Labor Markets

This Leading Indicator looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on private wage, employment, and establishment growth using recent estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We dig deeper into the short-term impact of the pandemic across these economic metrics for the 20 largest... Read More
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