Wisconsin Economy

The Wisconsin Economy is a series of studies on key topics intended to inform Wisconsin decision-makers, community economic development practitioners, and concerned citizens about the Wisconsin economy and policy options available to them.

Broadband and the Wisconsin Economy

January 2021 — In this study we explore issues related to broadband coverage and importance of coverage to community well-being. Several key conclusions include: Broadband access is closely related to population density and income levels, meaning the most rural and the lowest-income regions generally have the least access. For example, in urban Wisconsin, more than […]

The State of Wisconsin Manufacturing

May 2019 — The following analysis explores the status of manufacturing in Wisconsin by examining long term trends and benchmarking against comparable states in the Midwest region and the U.S. more generally. Key Findings: Despite fluctuations, the recent number of manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin is close to the level in 1970 at 500,000. As a […]

Shifting Wisconsin Labor Resources: A Review of Educational Attainment

November 2018 — If the vision for Wisconsin’s future economy is one of competitive wages, innovative industry, and an entrepreneurial culture, then there are challenges on the horizon. From the perspective of developing an educated labor force that supports both innovation and entrepreneurship, the metrics presented in this report are troubling. The education pipeline in […]

Sources of Job Growth

August 2018 — The analysis presented in this report uses two types of comparisons to evaluate job creation and job loss in Wisconsin. First, we consider trends over time by comparing the most recent years available, 2012 or 2013 depending on the data source, with 2000 and 2009. The year 2000 is useful as an […]

Women Business Owners: Patterns of Women Owned and Managed Businesses in Wisconsin

June 2018 — Women as business owners may be an underutilized resource for economic development and growth. Policies aimed at equitably enhancing business ownership should consider the unique nature of women-owned and managed businesses. These policies should reflect the unique manner in which women approach entrepreneurship. In 2011, women-owned or managed nearly 19% of businesses […]

Relocation Patterns of Wisconsin Businesses: The Migration or Relocation Patterns of Wisconsin Businesses

February 2018 — For state and local organizations that incorporate business recruitment and retention into their economic development strategies understanding business  migration is important. Regions often compete to have businesses relocate in their community with the goal to increase job and income growth. Economic development resources are devoted to incentive packages that can include tax […]

Innovation and Economic Growth and Development: R&D within Wisconsin

January 2018 — Economists disagree on most issues, but there is widespread agreement that innovation is a driver of economic growth and development. The question that we address in this study is the relationship between research and development, innovation, human capital or educational levels, and economic performance. Key Findings: • Innovation, which is linked to […]

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