Regional Economics

  1. Elena Irwin Receives Award as One of Four Inaugural Distinguished Professors in CFAES

    Dec 9, 2019

    Dr. Elena Irwin, Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) and the Faculty Director of the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State, was selected as one of four Distinguised Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. She received her Award Medallian January 10, 2020 at the College Staff Award Ceremony.

  2. New Study Measures Ohio’s Progressive Yet Inadequate School Funding Gap

    Jan 22, 2019

    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. 

  3. AEDE Well Represented at November's North American Regional Science Council Conference

    Nov 28, 2018

    AEDE faculty, PhD Students and Candidates, past and present recently attended the 65th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International. Most presented current work and many took home top prizes.

  4. Recent EEDS Graduate Pursues Career in Sustainable Energy

    Jun 27, 2018

    Sarah Fischer, a spring Ohio State graduate, became interested in sustainable international development as a high school student, when she learned that her French teacher’s husband was a former child slave in Haiti. Working with the nonprofit organization that he started to free other child slaves, she learned how deforestation and lack of environmental education contribute to poverty in developing countries such as Haiti.

    “At some point, I realized that it doesn't really make sense for us to go into other countries to tell them how to do things when we have so many environmental problems in the United States,” says Fischer, who received her degree in environment, economy, development and sustainability (EEDS). “So I began researching what our largest challenges were, and that’s how I got interested in promoting sustainability, specifically in the transportation and energy sectors.”

  5. AEDE Faculty and Graduate Students Present at the North American Regional Science Council annual meeting

    Nov 14, 2017

    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.”  

    AEDE Graduate student Daniel Crown was a Finalist of the 2017 North American Regional Science Council Student-Led Paper Competition for his paper titled "High-Skilled Immigration and the Skill Composition of Native Workers," coauthored with Alessandra Faggian.

  6. Opioids

    Increased Access to Treatment, Improving Economic Opportunity Are Keys to Combating Ohio’s Opioid Crisis

    Oct 25, 2017

    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


  7. Coal

    Trump’s policies will harm coal-dependent communities instead of helping them

    Oct 12, 2017

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is moving to repeal the Clean Power Plan as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to bring jobs and prosperity to communities that rely on the coal industry.

  8. Would a $15 minimum wage work in Ohio?

    May 8, 2017

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

  9. AEDE Takes Over 63rd North American Regional Science Association Meetings in Minneapolis

    Nov 17, 2016

    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:

  10. OSU Economist: U.S., Ohio Economies Will See Continued but Slow Growth

    Jan 5, 2015

    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.