Economic Development Quarterly

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is home to Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ).

EDQ is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing and bringing to the attention of policymakers, decision makers, and researchers the latest quality research findings in economic development.

Upjohn’s mission, vision, and core values of providing unbiased quality research in the areas of employment policy, labor market analysis, and economic and workforce development initiatives closely align with that of EDQ’s mission to promote research supporting the formulation of evidence-based economic development policies, programs, and practices.

We invite you to browse our most current issue and encourage authors to submit research in the areas of Economic Development Theory, Location Theory, Economic Development Finance, Foreign Trade, Economic Development Incentives, Industry Studies, State and Local Economic Development Policy, Labor Economics and Workforce Policy, and Urban and Regional Economies. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact: George A. Erickcek, Corresponding Editor, or Claudette Robey, Managing Editor,, or phone EDQ at 269-385-0469.

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Economic Development Quarterly

Continuing the Discussion on Manufacturing Innovation
Strengthening Manufacturing: More Research on How Research Can Inform Public Policy
Guest Editor: Dr. Kenneth E. Poole, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, and EDQ Editorial Board Member

February 2019; 33(1)

Table of Contents

Research and Practice

Manufacturing Clusters and Firm Innovation
(Li Fang)

Automation and Offshoring in Durable Goods Manufacturing: An Indiana Case Study
Timothy F. Slaper)

Appetite for Growth: Challenges to Scale for Food and Beverage Makers in Three U.S. Cities
(Greg Schrock, Marc Doussard, Laura Wolf-Powers, Stephen Marotta, Max Eisenburger)

Barriers and Drivers to Accessing and Using Workforce and Technical Assistance Resources for Small and Medium Manufacturers (SMMs) in Rural Regions
(Sarah Lyon-Hill, Margaret Cowell, Scott Tate, Albert Alwang)

Book Reviews

Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities (Reviewed by G. Jason Jolley)

The Pursuit of Economic Development: Growing Good Jobs in U.S. Cities and States (Reviewed by Elizabeth A. Mack)

Philadelphia: A Brief History (Reviewed by Rajiv R. Thakur)

A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy (Reviewed by Gordon F. Mulligan)

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