Regional Impacts of the University of Pennsylvania


Econsult Solutions, Inc. (“ESI”) was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania (“Penn”) to measure and articulate the depth and breadth of this economic impact. The report also included how the university achieves its impact. ESI has produced similar reports for Penn in the past. This study is an update of a 2010 report with data from the fiscal year 2015.

The economic and fiscal impacts were estimated for the following categories:

  • Operations
  • Capital investments
  • Student and visitor spending
  • Wage premium
  • Global engagement
  • Local impacts

Penn produces significant economic and fiscal impacts that extend well beyond the local and state economy. The report also indicates Penn’s position as a local and global leader, with its worldwide reputation conferring benefit to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. In addition to playing a pivotal role in generating employment, earnings and output in the region, Penn draws the vast majority of its students, alumni donations and research funding from outside the region.  Further, Penn also acts as an innovation center, drawing talent and capital into the region, and producing research breakthroughs and successful capital ventures.

Penn’s active local engagements have benefited its immediate community in numerous ways, including, but not limited to, diversity inclusion, influx of tourism and developers, and an overall higher quality of life.

Press Coverage

Penn Contributes Over $14 Billion to State and Local Economies in 2015

“The University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine contributed more than $14 billion towards the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia economies in fiscal year 2015.

According to the report by Econsult Solutions, Penn contributed $14.3 billion in 2015 to Pennsylvania’s economy, $10.8 billion of which went directly to Philadelphia’s economy. This created $6.4 billion in salaries and wages for the state.

Penn created one out of every nine jobs in Philadelphia, totaling up to 90,400 jobs created both directly and indirectly in 2015. As the city’s largest private employer, Penn directly employed 37,000 people, with another 53,000 indirectly connected to Penn through construction, retail and professional service industries.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian, February 2, 2016

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