W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

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Founded in 1945, the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is an American independent research organization based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Its purpose is to find and promote solutions to employment-related problems.


The Upjohn Institute is an activity of the W. E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation which was established in 1932 by Dr. W. E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company. The Trustee Corporation established the Upjohn Institute in 1945 for the purpose of "conducting research into the causes and effects of unemployment and measures for the alleviation of unemployment." Today, with a staff of approximately 100 employees, the Institute not only conducts and funds research into a variety of employment-related issues, it also administers the federal and state employment programs in four counties in southwest Michigan. In addition, the Institute performs program design and evaluations for government entities worldwide.


  • Randall W. Eberts, President
  • Kevin Hollenbeck, Vice President and Senior Economist
  • Don Edgerly, Administrator
  • Robert A. Straits, Consultant
  • Timothy J. Bartik, Senior Economist
  • Marcus Dillender, Economist
  • George Erickcek, Regional Consultant
  • Brad Hirshbein, Economist
  • Susan N. Houseman, Senior Economist
  • H. Allan Hunt, Senior Economist Emeriti
  • Marta Lachowska, Economist
  • Christopher J. O'Leary, Senior Economist
  • Jim Robey, Director, Regional Economic Planning Services
  • Stephen A. Woodbury, Senior Economist

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