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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.”  

Opioids

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 go.osu.edu/takingmeasure.

 

Masterminds

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.

Coal

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.

There has been considerable rhetoric around key issues in the upcoming presidential election, but much less analysis of their potential economic impact. Several AEDE economists hope to offer voters deeper insight into some of these issues during an Oct. 3 evening conversation, providing a critical, unbiased, non-partisan economic examination of key themes in this year’s debate.

Taxpayer investment in Ohio’s school choice programs — reaching more than $1.5 billion in 2014-15 — deserves a much wider public discussion than it’s currently getting, says an analyst with the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University. “As school choice programs grow in size, an increasing share of locally generated tax revenues are being used to fund these programs,” said Mark Rembert, a doctoral student in Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. The Swank program, housed in the department, conducts research, teaching and outreach within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

We recently sat down with Mark Partridge, a regional economist, AEDE professor, and Ohio State’s C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy to talk about his work, the Swank program and some of his favorite places to visit across the globe. Check out our Q & A with him.

The 2016 economic outlook looks good, says an expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. “We are entering our 79th month of economic expansion in the U.S., which is the fifth longest period on record,” said Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy in the college. “I remain optimistic on national growth."

Ohio State kicked off its 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series on Dec. 7. The event initiates a series of local meetings to be held statewide. The meetings feature presentations by AEDE experts on matters the agricultural community should expect in 2016, including policy changes, key issues and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.

The U.S. and Ohio economies will continue to recover from the Great Recession in 2015 with continued but slow growth, according to Mark Partridge, an AEDE professor who holds the C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy. Partridge, who specializes in the analysis of regional growth patterns, spoke during the Dec. 1 kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series.

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