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News article: OSU Extension hosting Ag Outlook Breakfast at Der Dutchman

Ohio State University Extension offices in Union, Champaign, and Madison counties, along with The First Central National Bank, are hosting an Agricultural Outlook Breakfast at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave., Plain City, on Feb. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The cost to attend is $10. Reservations are due Feb. 18 and can be made at go.osu.edu/TriCountyOutlook or by contacting the Union County Extension Office, 18000 State Rte. 4, Suite E, Marysville, OH 43040.

Media mention: Which Ohio firms employ the most foreign specialist workers? A look at the H-1B program

AEDE's Dr. Mark Partridge, Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University who was featured in the Columbus Dispatch in "Which Ohio firms employ the most foreign specialist workers? A look at the H-1B program".Which Ohio firms employ the most foreign specialist workers? A look at the H-1B program

News article: AEDE and Ohio State faculty and students took home multiple awards at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC).

AEDE and Ohio State faculty and students took home multiple prestigious awards at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC). The meetings were held in Montreal, Canada from November 9 through the 12th and featured research presentations by AEDE faculty, students and alumni as well as scholars from around the globe on various topics related to regional science and economics. 

News article: 2022 Outlook and Policy Conference a success

AEDE's first in-person Outlook and Policy Conference since 2019 was a huge success! The conference was held on November 15, 2022, at the 4H Center on Ohio State Campus. Below are links to the presentations by the AEDE faculty. 

Brent Sohngen - Energy Market Outlook

Ani Katchova - Farm Income Outlook

News article: 2022 Outlook and Policy Conference Presentations

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE), holds its first in-person Outlook and Policy Conference since 2019 on November 15, 2022, at the 4H Center on Ohio State Campus. Here are summaries of what each speaker will be presenting. 

News article: New report focuses on ways to expand, enhance rural access to broadband internet in Ohio

While most Ohioans have access to broadband internet, nearly 1 million still lack access to the fast, reliable broadband services in their homes, says analysts with the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Media mention: Professor Mark Partridge talks about inflation, current state of the economy

Professor Partridge discusses how inflation works, who is to blame and why the Federal Reserve raised interest rates

Media mention: Growing Rural America Through Startups

Entrepreneurship creates many local benefits, but starting a new business in rural places can be challenging

Multimedia: Rural Matters Podcast has Mark Partridge as Guest

In Part I of the six-part series, Living in Rural America — 2022 and Beyond, produced in collaboration with and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Michelle discusses myths and realities of the rural experience today with four experts in this space: John Pender, a senior economist in the Rural Economy Branch of the USDA Economic Research Service; Mark Partridge, Swank Chair

News article: Canaries in a coal mine: Energy transitions in Appalachian coal regions, and a roadmap for the rocky transition out of coal

U.S. coal industry employment fell 94% over the last century and is expected to almost disappear by 2050. As the nation transitions away from coal, regions and communities must learn to adapt.

Media mention: Gavin coal plant in Cheshire threatened by U.S. EPA action

Recent action by the U.S. EPA could put an embattled coal-fired power plant in southern Ohio on its last legs.

Media mention: 2021's Best States to Live in

Deciding on a place to call home can be a tough process. You’ll need to balance things like the cost of living with job opportunities, quality of education and safety.

Basic page: Ohio’s Economy: 55 Years of Falling Behind

Dr. Mark Partridge's keynote at the Ohio Economic Forum. View his PRESENTATION.

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News article: New policy brief examines how immigration affects Ohio and the U.S. workforce

COLUMBUS, OH - A policy brief just released by the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy titled “Immigration, Jobs, Crime, and Workforce Availability: How Does Immigration Affect Ohio and the USA?” looks at existing evidence of the effect of immigration on socioeconomic outcomes for those born in the U.S. 

News article: Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference is a Must Attend Event for Anyone Working in Agriculture

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Organizers of the 2020 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference hosted by the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University, say the aim of this year’s conference is to offer much-needed insight to those involved in the agricultural industry during a time marked with so much global uncertainty.

News article: The good and bad about Ohio's jobless rate

The news is mixed about the rate of Ohioans out of work.  The state’s unemployment rate has rebounded from late spring’s rates, and it’s below the national rate. But, in July, Ohio’s jobless rate of 8.9% topped that of many nearby states. Across the Midwest, only one state had a higher rate than Ohio’s: Illinois. 

Keep that in perspective, said Mark Partridge, an economics professor with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). During a recession, Ohio typically takes a bigger hit, he said.

News article: Unemployment Rates Rise Due to Coronavirus Economy

Drs. Mark Partridge and Ian Sheldon discuss the recent rise in unemployment rates due to the global pandemic. The dialogue offers insight into the realities of the pandemic and some of the structural issues that have made the economic pains deeper in some parts of the state and less deep in others.

News article: Rural America’s Economic Stagnation

According to recent data from The Census Bureau, around 50 million Americans live in rural areas which are plagued by dwindling economic opportunities, high poverty rates and persistent population decline. The fact that fewer rural residents are moving to urban areas for work, which has been a traditional route to prosperity for generations of rural residents, leaves many stuck in stagnating communities.

News article: Research Shows Economic Incentives Crowd Out Start-up Businesses

According to Good Jobs First, a nonprofit that tracks corporate subsidies, companies in Ohio have received $4.4 billion in local and state tax incentives since 1983. More than 10,000 awards have been made with a third of the sum going to 10 large corporations, including Amazon for local fulfillment and distribution centers built around the state.

News article: AEDE Shines at North American Regional Science Conference

Ohio State University and particularly AEDE had a very large turnout of faculty, students, and past graduates at the North American Regional Science Conference (NARSC). Here is a summary of notable achievements:

Media mention: In an American Small Town, Tragedy Strikes

Ed and Iwonne Schardein keep their only son’s ashes in an urn next to their TV set. In their sparsely decorated living room, the immense flat screen TV dwarfs everything else. “To this day I still expect him to walk through the door,” says Iwonne. Pictures of Casey hang on all four walls, his jovial smile framed by a scraggly beard and a baseball cap. The young man from Hope, Kansas, had just turned 26 when he died.

Media mention: The Real (surprisingly comforting) Reason Rural America is Doomed to Decline

According to the United States’ original 1950 urban classifications, rural America is crushing it. It’s home to about as many people as urban America, and it’s growing faster. So why do headlines and statistics paint rural areas as perpetually in decline?

News article: Rural Job Growth Rate in Ohio Surpasses Columbus Rate

In a surprising turn, Ohio’s rural counties of Wyandot and Holmes topped the job growth rate of Columbus between 2010 and 2018, according to an economist with The Ohio State University.

And other rural counties including Harrison and Morgan nearly matched Columbus’ job growth rate during that same period, said Mark Partridge, an economics professor at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

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