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PNW Economic Impact

PNW changes lives—and helps to power the region we call home.

Our impact includes $745.9 million of total income, which accounts for 2 percent of gross regional product. That figure includes research conducted, start-ups launched and visitors welcomed.

Most importantly, it reflects the accomplishments of our students and alumni, who leave PNW ready to work hard, Power Onward and achieve their potential.

Source: Emsi Burning Glass Economic Impact Study

The Big Picture: PNW’s Economic Impact

Stats for PNWs Impact on the Region. PNW is responsible for $745.9 million of total income added in the region or 2.0% of the region's GRP. This includes 10,494 total jobs supported in the region or 1 out of 26 jobs in the region. Top industry impacts by jobs supported include Health Care and Social Assistance (2,657), Government, Education (2,245), Other Services (except Public Administration) (703), Construction (674), Professional and Technical Services (558), All Other Industries (3,657)

Impact by the Numbers

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$745.9 Million Economic Impact

Between operations, construction, research, visitor and student spending, PNW’s economic impact is significant and supports 10,494 jobs.

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$22,000 Earnings Increase

The average bachelor’s degree graduate from PNW will see an increase in earnings of $22,200 each year compared to someone with a high school diploma working in Indiana.

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For Every $1 Spent

Students gain $4 in lifetime earnings, taxpayers gain $1.70 in tax revenue and public sector savings and society gains $6.80 in added state revenue and social savings!

The activities of PNW and its students support one out of every 36 jobs in the Northwest Indiana Region.

Economic Impact Survey



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Investing in Our Region

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Operations Spending

PNW’s day-to-day operations spending added $106.4 million in income to the region during the analysis year.

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Construction Spending Impact

PNW’s construction spending generated $25.1 million in added income, which is equivalent to supporting 291 jobs.

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Research Spending Impact

PNW spent $2.5 million on payroll to support research activities. This, along with $3.3 million in other research spending, created a net total of $4.0 million in added income for the regional economy.

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Start-Up Company Impact

PNW start-up companies added $11.0 million in income to the Northwest Indiana Region economy, which is equivalent to supporting 186 jobs.

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Student Spending Impact

Student spending generated $7.9 million in added income for the regional economy, which supported 178 jobs.

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Visitor Spending Impact

The off-campus expenditures of the university’s out-of-region visitors generated a net impact of $124,200 in added income for the regional economy.

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Alumni Impact

PNW alumni generated $591.5 million in added income for the regional economy, which is equivalent to supporting 8,248 jobs.

PNW Return on Investment

The analysis presented here considers PNW as an investment from the perspectives of students, taxpayers and society in Indiana.

 

Investment Analysis. For every $1: students gain $4.00 in lifetime earnings; taxpayers gain $1.70 in added tax revenue and public sector savings; society gains $6.80 in added state revenue and social savings. The average bachelor's degree graduate from PNW will see an increase in earnings of $22,200 each year compared to someone with a high school diploma working in Indiana.

Student Perspective

In return for their investment, PNW’s students will receive a stream of higher future earnings that will continue to grow throughout their working lives. For example, the average PNW bachelor’s degree graduate from FY 2019-20 will see annual earnings that are $22,200 higher than a person with a high school diploma or equivalent working in Indiana.

For every dollar students invest in PNW, in the form of out-of-pocket expenses and forgone time and money, they will receive a cumulative value of $4.00 in higher future earnings. Annually, the students’ investment in PNW has an average annual internal rate of return of 14.9%, which is impressive compared to the U.S. stock market’s 30-year average rate of return of 10.6%.

Taxpayer Perspective

PNW generates more in tax revenue than it takes. These benefits to taxpayers consist primarily of taxes that the state and local government will collect from the added revenue created in the state. As PNW students will earn more, they will make higher tax payments throughout their working lives.

For every dollar of public money invested in PNW, taxpayers will receive a cumulative value of $1.70 over the course of the students’ working lives. The average annual internal rate of return for taxpayers is 3.5%, which compares favorably to other long-term investments in the public and private sectors.

Social Perspective

Society as a whole in Indiana benefits from the presence of PNW in two major ways. Primarily, society benefits from an increased economic base in the state. This is attributed to the added income from students’ increased lifetime earnings (added student income) and increased business output (added business income), which raise economic prosperity in Indiana.

Benefits to society also consist of the savings generated by the improved lifestyles of PNW students. Education is statistically correlated with a variety of lifestyle changes that generate social savings. The benefit-cost ratio for society is 6.8, equal to the $1.8 billion in benefits divided by the $261 million in costs.

PNW’s Rate of Return

PNW is a strong investment for all three major stakeholder groups—students, taxpayers, and society. Students receive a great return for their investments in a PNW education. At the same time, taxpayers’ investment in PNW returns more to government budgets than it costs and creates a wide range of social benefits throughout Indiana.

PNW rate of return. From a student perspective, there are present value benefits of $494.0 million, present value costs of $147.6 million and a net present value of $446.5 million, for a 4.0 benefit-cost ratio or 14.9% rate of return. From a taxpayer perspective, the present value benefits are $89.7 million, the present value costs are $53.4 million, and the net present value is $36.3 million, for a benefit-cost ratio of 1.7 and a rate of return of 3.5%. From a social perspective, the present value benefits are $1.8 billion, the present value costs are $261 million, and the net present value is $1.5 billion, for a benefit-cost ratio of 6.8. The rate of return is not reported for the social perspective because the beneficiaries of the investment are not necessarily the same as the original investors.

 

Investing in Our Future

Ahmee'l Taylor

When I came to PNW for the very first time on a campus visit, I already knew this was going to be my home. I will be the best that I can be because I am a product of PNW. 

Ahmee’L Taylor, Marketing, ’22

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PNW gave me the fundamentals for my career, and I feel very confident about my capabilities now.

At Purdue Northwest, the class sizes are small enough that I was able to get to know my professors. They are willing to invest in you, in your success—you’re not just a number to them.