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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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.