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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. 

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.

Drs. Mark Partridge and Ian Sheldon discuss the recent rise in unemployment rates due to the global pandemic.

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.

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.

The department is saddened by the passing of Bill Swank, retired Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, OSU alumnus, colleague, and friend. (1931-2019)

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.

Even with higher rates of poverty in Ohio’s major cities, urban school districts are outperforming rural districts, a recent study by The Ohio State University shows.

Nationally, Ohio ranks 15th in per pupil spending. Even though Ohio does a better job than almost all other states in directing school funding to poor and minority students, a new study by researchers with The Ohio State University’s C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy shows there is still much to be done to achieve funding adequacy and equity across  school districts in Ohio. 

The first comprehensive proposal for a new federal farm bill calls for changes to payments to farmers when commodity prices dip or when they adopt environmentally friendly measures on their farms.

AEDE Professor Mark Partridge delivered the Regional Science Association International’s Fellows Plenary Lecture “Follow the Money: Aggregate, Sectoral and Spatial Effects of an Energy Boom on Local Earnings.”  


One effective way to combat Ohio’s growing opioid crisis is to prioritize treatment in underserved areas across the state because those are among the areas struggling most with opioid abuse, says an analyst with the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University.

The 2017 analysis, Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis, is 22 pages and available to download free online at



Masterminds, held on October 5th, is a new event that features The Ohio State University's strongest colleges and most brillant faculty who hold endowed positions.  The first endowed chair was established at The Ohio State University in 1963.


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is moving to repeal the Clean Power Plan as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to 

AEDE Professor Mark Partridge weighs in the effects of raising the minimum wage in Ohio.  

Last week at the Southern Regional Science Association Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, two AEDE graduate students and one post-doc student working with Professor Mark Partridge won research awards. 

AEDE faculty members and graduate students were recently recognized for their accomplishments at the 63rth Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC) in Minneapolis.

Below are some faculty awards:

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.

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.

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.