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Stephanie Leiser

Lecturer in Public Policy
Stephanie Leiser is a lecturer at the Ford School and leads the Michigan Local Government Fiscal Health Project at the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). Her general area of interest is in public finance, budgeting, and financial…

Energy Issues and Policies in Michigan Local Governments

October 7, 2020
This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding a variety of energy issues and policies in their jurisdictions, including the relevance of particular energy policies for their communities, whether the jurisdiction...
Student Working Papers

Equitable Placemaking in Detroit

March 1, 2019
Ashley Tjhung
During, and in the wake of, Michigan’s Lost Decade and the Great Recession, Michigan’s urban centers struggled to retain and attract young people. This dilemma became known as the “brain drain” and led to a number of issues, including an unwelcome...
Student Working Papers

Reinvest in Adult Workforce Development

March 1, 2019
Kelia Washington
A decade of major job loss resulted in declining government revenue, wages, and youth population in Michigan, all of which has place economic strain on the state and its residents. Michigan, once the leader in auto industry manufacturing, now...
Student Working Papers

Policy Analysis: Brain Drain in The State of Michigan

April 1, 2017
Bridget I. Granger
Michigan enrolls roughly 300,000 students in its fifteen public universities every year,1 but many of these students will never work or reside in Michigan after graduation. The state is currently experiencing a mass exodus of highly skilled young...
Working Papers

Transformation of America’s Metropolitan Area Economies: Lessons from Four Decades

February 1, 2014
George A. Fulton, Donald R. Grimes, Yuanlei Zhu Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy and Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics
With a unique approach and expanded data measures, this study attempts to contribute to the research on what leads metro economies in the United States to function the way they do, what makes some of the economies more successful than others, and...
Working Papers

Labor Market Outcomes and the Transition to Adulthood

June 1, 2010
Sheldon H. Danziger and David Ratner, University of Michigan
This paper focuses on the labor market outcomes that represent a key marker of the transition to adulthood—the attainment of economic stability and self-sufficiency. Achieving labor market success is a necessary condition for a successful transition...