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Author:Akers, Maria 

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Coming home to rural America: demographic shifts in the Tenth District

Sweeping demographic shifts are challenging the growth of many rural communities in the Tenth District. The retirement of the baby boomers, coupled with the exodus of young adults, threatens to leave rural areas with a rapidly aging population and a shrinking local workforce. The strength of these demographic changes could hinder economic growth for many rural communities in the future. ; Rural communities in the district, however, are quietly enjoying another demographic shift?a return of middle-aged residents to rural places. This shift may be a promising sign for economic growth and wealth ...
Economic Review , Volume 94 , Issue Q III , Pages 65-90

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Farm spending surges with record incomes

Main Street Economist , Issue 6

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Recession catches rural America

As the recession intensified in 2008, rural economies held firm. Through the first half of the year, strong commodity prices supported robust farm incomes and contributed to relatively stronger gains on Main Street. Moreover, the housing correction was less intense than in urban areas, and the financial crisis was less severe than on Wall Street. ; While these factors shielded the rural economy from the worst of the recession, rural America was not immune. The foundations of rural economic strength in 2008--high commodity prices, robust export activity, and rising ethanol demand--were ...
Economic Review , Volume 94 , Issue Q I , Pages 65-87

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Nebraska economy cooled heading into winter

Nebraska Economist

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The Nebraska economy gains steam

Nebraska Economist , Issue Mar

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Can markets improve water allocation in rural America?

Water, one of the most fundamental resources for economic activity, covers about three-fourths of the earth?s surface--but only 2.5 percent of that amount is considered fresh water. While freshwater supplies in the United States are relatively abundant, increasing demand and drought, especially in the Great Plains, have left some states wondering whether there is enough fresh water to go around. ; The drive for greater efficiency in the use of water has led to the emergence of water markets. These markets allow for the equitable transfer of water rights from lower-value agricultural uses to ...
Economic Review , Volume 93 , Issue Q IV , Pages 97-117

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Will energy markets refuel the rural economy?

The rural economy began 2006 facing an uncertain outlook. For two years, rural growth had been unusually strong. But rising energy prices threatened to stall the expansion. Many businesses had already been weakened by high input costs, and many households were feeling squeezed by higher costs for gas and heating fuel. As the year progressed, however, some rural communities were able to harness the power of high energy prices by taking part in its production. ; Energy activity helped boost the fortunes of many rural places, but the rural economy as a whole slowed in 2006. Nonfarm economic ...
Economic Review , Volume 92 , Issue Q I , Pages 53-74

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Nebraska manufacturing and housing press onward

Nebraska Economist

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Nebraska’s job growth accelerates

Nebraska Economist , Issue Sept

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Nebraska shakes off the summer slowdown

Nebraska Economist , Issue Dec