News from AEDE : October 2016

Welcome to the newsletter for Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE)!

  1. This month’s newletter provides a glimpse at the breadth of programs, expertise and reach that has established AEDE as a model department of applied economics worldwide. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about what is going on in your department, AEDE, and as always, if there is ever anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We wish you all the best, and welcome your reactions to what is happening at AEDE.

  2. Ohio State’s Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) have launched a new graduate professional degree program in applied economics. Applications are currently being accepted for enrollment during the 2017-2018 academic year. The master’s degree program, which can be completed in just two semesters, is designed to provide hands-on training in applied economics for those seeking professional careers outside of academia.

  3. On September 29th, the Ohio State University recognized its faculty members who hold endowed chair positions and the donors whose generous contributions fund these appointments. AEDE's Ani Katchova, who serves as Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement Chair, Mark Partridge, who is Ohio State’s C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, and Ian Sheldon, who serves as Ohio State’s Andersons Chair in Agricultural Trade, Marketing and Policy, were recognized at the event.

  4. Founded in 2012, The STEAM Factory at Ohio State is a grassroots initiative that facilitates collaborative research, teaching and outreach. This diverse faculty network has grown from 10 founding members to over 120 faculty across 69 departments and 17 colleges/institutes at OSU, with an ecosystem of 30+ partners across the city of Columbus. Sathya Gopalakrishnan, AEDE assistant professor, is one of the founding members of The STEAM Factory and an active participant in its strategic growth and outreach efforts.

  5. The C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy, which is overseen by AEDE’s Swank-Chair, Professor Mark Partridge, recently examined small business and entrepreneurship growth in Ohio through its policy brief series. The researchers, which include Partridge and doctoral students Mark Rembert and Bo Feng, found that Ohio’s small business and new business environment lacked what they defined as “dynamism” when compared to the growth of small business enterprises across the U.S. as a whole.

  6. The Sustainability Innovation Virtual Lab (SIVL) has launched its first project linking a business to an Ohio State student to seek a solution to a “real-world’ sustainability business problem. SIVL is a joint experiential learning effort of the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) in the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences to connect businesses and students in sustainability problem-solving.

  7. On the evening of Monday, October 3rd, three AEDE economists and a leading expert from the Columbus business community provided a critical, unbiased, non-partisan economic examination of key themes in this year’s presidential debate at a public event in Thompson Library titled “Economic Analysis of Key Presidential Election Issues.” As the speakers noted, there has been considerable rhetoric around key issues in the upcoming presidential election, but much less analysis of their potential economic impact.

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