Stories From Oct 2018

Oct 9, 2018

Today’s Nobel Prize and North Carolina Agriculture

William Nordhaus won the Nobel prize in economics for work on the economics of climate change. Edwards and Sutherland discuss the work of Nordhaus in the context of agriculture in North Carolina.

Oct 8, 2018

“Triad jobless rate trickles down to 4 percent in August. Whether the economy will impact the upcoming election remains unclear.”

Walden estimates that between 200,000 and 250,000 North Carolinians are in the category of individuals who are able-bodied and of working age who don’t have jobs and are not actively looking.

Oct 8, 2018

Walden Speaks at Asheville Metro Economy Outlook

“Greater Asheville has established itself as the major economic engine of western North Carolina, and the region’s economic reputation will continue to expand in the decades ahead. Importantly, Asheville has now diversified its economy beyond tourism, and economic diversification is one of the major keys to a region’s sustained vitality,” said Walden.

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.

Oct 3, 2018

Impact of Minimum Wages on the U.S. Agricultural Sector

Increasing minimum wages in recent years have many agribusiness owners and farm operators worried. What is the impact of state and federal minimum wage laws on farm profits, products and profitability?

Oct 1, 2018

Coal Ash after Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence has caused significant impacts across North Carolina. As the flood waters begin to recede, breaches and flooding at some coal ash waste ponds have North Carolinians concerned about potential environmental and health effects.