Who We Are
Mass Economics is a research and consulting firm that specializes in urban economic growth and equity. We are a technical firm with expertise in data, analytics, modeling, and strategy as well as a socially-driven organization committed to equitable and inclusive economic growth. We are located in Cambridge and St. Louis but work in cities all across the country. Mass Economics works directly with clients in the non-profit, philanthropic, and public sectors on economic development strategy. We excel at providing high-quality data, analytics, and strategic advice for large public and philanthropic organizations but also the smaller community development organizations that often lack the resources to maintain internal research capabilities. Mass Economics contributes to economic growth and equity in U.S. cities in three primary ways:
- Through developing transformative, large-scale urban economic development projects with partners across the U.S.;
- Through building customized, local strategies for cities and neighborhoods, including plans for creating jobs, strengthening innovation and entrepreneurship, rationalizing urban land, and increasing equality and opportunity;
- With thought-leadership and advocacy on the importance and benefits of inclusive approaches to economic development.
We believe that data should be reliable, transparent, and accessible to a wide range of stakeholders and that information should be a tool for narrowing opportunity and wealth gaps.
We strive to constantly assess the conventional wisdom–and our own assumptions–against facts and evolving contexts and understandings. We also believe that addressing entrenched economic and social problems is difficult, requires serious and sustained inquiry, and can actually be harmed by attempts to reduce problems and solutions to sound bites.
We are witnessing a broad-based re-thinking about the potential of American cities and the appropriate strategies for their development, revitalization, and evolution. Two decades after the revolution in market-based approaches to urban development, there is growing recognition about the strengths and limitations of various approaches as well as healthy debate about the best paths forward. We believe that the body of accepted practice has the potential to be combined with cutting-edge approaches to urban land, real estate, capital, and education and workforce challenges to create comprehensive and coordinated public, private, and philanthropic frameworks that promote economic growth and social equity.
The importance of vital and robust U.S. cities has never been higher: national success in an increasingly global and competitive economy will require that the country’s densest and most diverse production spaces become more innovative, efficient, and adaptable. Stronger urban economies can also help alleviate major social and economic challenges by supporting growth that creates opportunity in low- and moderate-income (LMI) areas and communities of color and promotes broad-based opportunity for workers with different types of education and experience.