NC State Economist

Jan 30, 2019  |  NC State Economist

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.

Jan 30, 2019  |  NC State Economist

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.

Oct 2, 2018  |  NC State Economist

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

How much does publicly-funded infrastructure stimulate local economic performance? This NC State Economist reviews research that estimates the relative benefits and costs of federal efforts to promote broadband in rural areas.

Oct 2, 2018  |  NC State Economist

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

Increasing minimum wages have agribusinesses and farm operators worried. What is the impact of state and federal minimum wage laws on farm profits, products and profitability? In this NC State Economist, we explore the impact of state and federal minimum wage laws on farm employment and wages.

Jun 4, 2018  |  NC State Economist

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

In this NC State Economist, we discuss using corn basis to calculate changes in the transportation cost of importing corn into North Carolina, and take a look forward at possible steps to preserve the vitality of North Carolina’s animal agriculture industry – the largest segment of our $84 billion agricultural economy.

Jun 3, 2018  |  NC State Economist

Conflict on Public Lands: 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.

Feb 23, 2018

2018 Economic Outlook: A Shift to a Higher Gear?

In the latest issue of the NC State Economist, Mike Walden highlights why 2018 should be a year of further economic growth for North Carolina, but beneath the generally positive statewide picture, lingering economic disparities are yet to be closed.

Feb 23, 2018  |  NC State Economist

Electricity Generation in North Carolina: Explaining the Trends

Total electricity generation has remained flat in the U.S., but the way we as a nation generate electricity has changed dramatically. In this issue of The NC State Economist, Harrison Fell, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, discusses the market forces and policies that are driving the rapid changes in electricity generation and how that may affect North Carolina’s energy future.

Nov 19, 2017

Farm Transition and Congressional Tax Reform

Current tax law creates impediments keeping some farm transfers from occurring. While the Congress is debating tax reform, Extension Specialist Guido van der Hoeven presents the proposals he offered to the House Committee on Agriculture in this issue of the NC State Economist.

May 31, 2017

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

United States trade policy can have substantial impacts close to home. In the recent issue of the NC State Economist, Dr. Thomas Grennes reviews the economics of tariffs on internationally traded goods and the impact they have on American jobs and our economy.