Regional Economics @Milken Institute

We study the impact of the 4th industrial revolution on the labor market. Regions that invest in creating the right environment for entrepreneurship successfully link people with an appetite for risk, ideas, and talent, with the right financial capital, policies and opportunity to grow. Our work focuses on:

  • Regional competitiveness — assess and understand the factors and policies that drive and sustain regional job creation, and communicate these to policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Building Human Capital — focus on improving policies that facilitate the development of educated workforce and improving the alignment between the skills developed in post-secondary education and training and the needs of employers.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship — assess regions’ innovation assets, explore the effects of technological and economic change on workforce skills and industry mix, and propose policies that could facilitate entrepreneurship

Best-Performing Cities China 2019

Since 2015, the Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities China series has used the latest and most comprehensive official data to track the economic performance of cities. Our analysis offers recommendations on improving performance, and provides businesses with insight into regional economic trends, helping them to explore potential investment opportunities.

Best-Performing Cities 2020: Where America's Jobs Are Created and Sustained

How did US regional economies perform recently? What are the key factors driving their growth and decline? The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities series has tracked the economic performance of US metros for two decades using job, wage and salary, a

Best-Performing Cities 2018: Where America's Jobs Are Created

The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities U.S. index provides a way to measure which American metropolitan areas offer the greatest opportunities for prosperity and innovation across the nation. The BPC index measures each metro area's economic performance using outcomes-based metrics such as job creation, wage gains, and technological developments to evaluate their relative growth.

Best-Performing Cities China 2018

Since 2015, the Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities China series has used the latest and most comprehensive official data to track the economic performance of cities. Our analysis offers recommendations on improving performance, and provides businesses with insight into regional economic trends, helping them to explore potential investment opportunities.

State Technology and Science Index 2018

The State Technology and Science Index (STSI) measures states on their science and technology capabilities and broader commercialization ecosystems that contribute to firm expansion, high-skills job creation, and broad economic growth. It aims to demonstrate a state's foundation and preparedness for future innovative economic competitiveness and adaptability.

Building a Knowledge Economy-How Academic R&D Supports High-Tech Employment

Universities play an important role in determining a region's capacity for innovation and to transform new ideas into economic activity. Not only do they educate the local workforce-creating human capital-and produce intellectual property, but they also contribute indirectly through their basic research activities.

Best-Performing Cities China 2017: The Nations Most Successful Economies

Now in its third edition, this report analyzes the latest and most comprehensive official data to track the economic performance of Chinese cities. Our analysis offers recommendations on improving performance, and provides businesses with insight into regional economic trends, helping them to explore potential investment opportunities.

Best-Performing Cities 2017: Where America's Jobs are Created and Sustained

The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities U.S. index provides a way to measure which American metros offer the greatest opportunities for prosperity and innovation across the nation. The index measures metropolitan areas economic performance using outcomes-based metrics such as job creation, wage gains, and technology developments to evaluate the metros relative growth.

Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer

Innovative activities - and their commercial applications - are driving long-term economic growth in America. While industry energizes innovation through research and development (R&D) initiatives, the main catalyst that fuels knowledge-based growth once again lies where it started: the American research university.

Best Cities for Successful Aging 2017

"Best Cities for Successful Aging" evaluates 381 U.S. metropolitan areas to determine how well they serve the needs of the nation's growing population of mature adults, enabling them to age productively, securely, and in optimal health. More than 80 percent of Americans age 65-plus live in metropolitan areas,[i] and nearly 90 percent of older adults in the U.S.

Best-Performing Cities - China 2016

The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities China ranks the performance of first-, second- and third-tier cities according to recent developments and urbanization trends. It does this through an analysis of the latest and most comprehensive official data to track indicators such as job growth, wages, employment, investment, and growth.

State Technology and Science Index 2016: California Perspectives

The Milken Institute's State Technology and Science Index (STSI) series benchmarks states on their science and technology capacity. It also assesses states broader ecosystems for innovation, development, and commercialization that translate into companies, high-value jobs, and overall economic vitality. California, home to Silicon Valley, has long been a leader in this space, and on the 2016 STSI it ranks fourth.

Regional Performance Over Time: Thriving and Reviving Amid Economic Challenges

What factors distinguish cities that can withstand an economic downturn, or rebound afterward, from those that cannot? Are these factors unique to successful cities, or are there best practices that can be adopted by peer cities? Building on the Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities index, this paper examines what sets resilient cities apart.

Best-Performing Cities - China - 2015

Which cities in China have the most dynamic economies and why? The Milken Institute's inaugural Best-Performing Cities China Report, unveiled today at a press briefing in the Sofitel Wanda Beijing Hotel, identifies the urban areas with the most exceptional economic performance in the country.

Best-Performing Cities 2015

The Milken Institute's annual "Best-Performing Cities" index reveals that technology continues to power America's most dynamic cities. The Top 3 metros all have thriving tech centers: San Jose is No. 1, rising three spots from last year. Close on its heels at No. 2 is San Francisco, which was last year's top finisher.

California's Innovation-Based Economy: Policies to Maintain and Enhance It

To maintain its leadership in innovation, California must provide a competitive business environment in which prospective and existing companies can conduct research. For this report, Milken Institute researchers conducted one of the most thorough analyses of the landscape of research and development (R&D) spending in California.

Best-Performing Cities 2014

The Milken Institute's annual "Best-Performing Cities" index shows that technology and shale energy were the biggest factors behind America's booming cities. Tech titan San Francisco claimed the top spot, up two ranks from last year. Last year's No. 1, Austin, Texas, dropped a slot.

State Technology and Science Index 2014

Massachusetts is first - once again - in the Milken Institute's State Technology and Science Index 2014. The index is made up of five composites that can be applied across all 50 states for comparison and analysis, with 78 unique indicators, and evaluates every state's tech and science capabilities - and their success at converting those assets into companies and high-paying jobs.

Best Cities for Successful Aging 2014

Best Cities for Successful Aging is a first-of-its-kind, data-driven index that measures and ranks the performance of 352 U.S. metropolitan areas in promoting and enabling successful aging. Unlike many "best places to retire" lists, the Milken Institute starts from the insight that most Americans want to age at home and in place, and not uproot themselves from their communities.