NC State Economist

May 15, 2019

Blockchain in the Food Supply Chain

This issue of the NC State Economist answers the question: What is blockchain and how does it affect agriculture?

May 14, 2019

The 2018 Farm Bill: Much Debate, More of the Same

This issue of the NC State Economist explores changes to ARC, the Conservation program, and much more.

Feb 5, 2019

2019 Economic Outlook: The Late Innings of Growth?

With decade-low unemployment and accelerating labor productivity – but also a trade war with China and a sputtering stock market – where will our focus lie when we look back on 2018? In this NC State Economist, Mike Walden unpacks the top economic issues and opportunities of 2018, with a look ahead to 2019.

Feb 5, 2019

Should I Stay or Should I Go: Coal Ash in North Carolina

Coal has seen a recent, rapid decline as a source of electricity in North Carolina. Unfortunately, coal’s legacy lives on in ash ponds and landfills scattered across the state. In this NC State Economist, we offer an economist’s perspective on North Carolina’s coal ash challenges – and potential solutions.

Oct 3, 2018

Impacts of the USDA Broadband Loan and Grant Programs: Estimating Rate of Return

How much does publicly-funded infrastructure stimulate local economic performance? This broader debate comes into focus via research that estimates the relative benefits and costs of federal efforts to promote broadband in rural areas.

Jun 4, 2018

Corn Basis Determines Impact of Out-of-state Corn on Animal Ag Profits

With a deficit of feed grain to nourish North Carolina’s “tails and feathers” production – hogs, broiler chickens and turkeys – the profitability of our state’s livestock industry hinges on adequate, reliable and low-cost out-of-state sources for corn.

Jun 4, 2018

New Off-Road Vehicle Restrictions In Outer Banks

New limits on off-road vehicles in North Carolina’s Outer Banks aim to protect endangered species. They also add another chapter to the United States’ long history of conflict over use of public land.

Apr 2, 2018

The Economics of Tariffs: Can Restricting International Trade Be Good For the Economy?

In recent political news, trade policy has grabbed the spotlight.

Feb 26, 2018

Electricity Generation in North Carolina: Explaining the Trends

Harrison Fell, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, discusses the market forces and policies that are driving these rapid changes in electricity generation.

Feb 26, 2018

2018 Economic Outlook: A Shift Into Higher Gear

In the latest issue of the NC State Economist, Mike Walden highlights why 2018 should be a year of further growth for North Carolina.