This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the net economic and fiscal benefits that Wayne State University (“WSU” or “The University”) provides the regional economy. The report is the culmination of a six-month study of the university’s operations, expenditures, employment, enrollment, and research activities; the role of the university within the region’s economy, demography, and geography; and the increased earnings that accrue to graduates of the university.
Throughout the report, we identify, and where possible, estimate the net economic benefits of the University. These are the benefits after deducting the likely earnings, expenditures, or employment that would otherwise have occurred in the region without the operation of WSU.
We define the region as the seven-county area of Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne. We also consider in the report the three-county metro Detroit area.