A partnership among Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Keystone College, King's College, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Worthington Scranton, The Wright Center, University of Scranton, and Wilkes University.


Economic Research

The Institute's Research
Click on the links below for information on projects The Institute has completed.

Living Wage Study
April 2016: The Institute partnered with the University of Scranton to create a study on the wages needed to live a modest but dignified life in northeastern Pennsylvania.The study focuses on the cost of basic needs. Many of the residents in the region, fall above the poverty level, but below the income level needed to meet basic needs. This income is characterized as the living wage. The Executive Summary can be accessed at the link above and the full Living Wage Study here.

Additional information can be found at the University of Scranton website

Poverty & Urbanization
February 2006: Poverty and urbanization are two economic patterns that demonstrate continuing trends. In this paper, we address the connection between the two and if urbanization directly affects poverty. We also, discuss the nexus, if there is one, between poverty and urbanization in Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.