UW System contributes $24 billion to the state’s economy each year

New study shows UW System offers a $23 return on every dollar invested by the state

MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System contributes $24 billion to the state’s economy each year, which is a 23-fold return on Wisconsin’s investment in the university, according to a new study.

“We are grateful for the significant, long-term investment in the UW System made by the State of Wisconsin, helping to make it one of the finest systems of public higher education in the world,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “The 23-to-1 economic return on that investment generates a statewide impact on communities and rural regions in all 72 counties across Wisconsin.”

The UW System’s $24 billion economic impact in 2016-17 represents 7.7 percent of the total economic activity in the state, according to the study.

 

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