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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
January 12th 2022

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia - Part 7: The December 2021 Update

The January 12, 2022 release of the December 2021 Consumer Price Index (CPI) estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that inflation is continuing to climb to historic levels both across the U.S. and in Greater Philadelphia. In part seven of our ongoing series covering the local impact... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 15th 2021

A Review of 2021's Leading Indicators

It seems appropriate for the last Leading Indicator of 2021 to 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 2022; please take our 2022 Topic Poll.   A Review of 2021 Leading Indicators We... Read More
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Regional Direction
December 1st 2021

Inflation in Greater Philadelphia - Part 6: Inflation Inequality

This data brief is the sixth part of our series covering the localized impact of inflation on Greater Philadelphia. In part four of this series, we demonstrated that average wage growth in the region lagged inflation – that is, as the cost of everyday items increased, wages remained relatively... Read More
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