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Resources by Topic: Economics and the economy

Implementation Plan for the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council
Details the implementation plan for Opportunity Zones in economically distressed communities in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Details the roles of various federal agencies in the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and the goals for each agency withing the Opportunity Zones program.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council
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2019 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Report detailing the current state of the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds. Discusses Medicare expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and makes short and long-range sustainability projections based on variable economic, demographic, and healthcare trends. Also explains the actuarial methods used to calculate the estimates. Includes information on Medicare amendments since the 2018 report, including some that impact rural providers and beneficiaries.
Additional links: Tables and figures
Author(s): Boards of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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Association Among County-Level Economic Factors, Clinician Supply, Metropolitan or Rural Location, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Highlights a study on demographic factors that correlate with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Looks at a county's economic factors, rural status, and clinician supply in 8 different states.
Author(s): Stephen W. Patrick, Laura J. Faherty, Andrew W. Dick, et al.
Citation: JAMA, 321(4), 385-393
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Northern New Hampshire Youth in a Changing Rural Economy: A Ten-Year Perspective
Examines the issue of young people leaving rural communities in a longitudinal study with a focus on Northern New Hampshire in order to inform grantmaking activities. Addresses influences on their reasons to leave or stay, the impact of the economy changing from manufacturing to healthcare and other sectors, factors such as home environment and mental health, sense of community, and more.
Author(s): Eleanor M. Jaffee, Corinna Jenkins Tucker, Karen T. Van Gundy, Erin Hiley Sharp, Cesar J. Rebellon
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Life in Rural America
Summarizes the results of a survey of rural adults living in the U.S. Includes survey response data and statistics on a variety of topics such as: drug addiction or abuse and opioids; the economy; health conditions; suicide; and more.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Map to Prosperity
Discusses the potential of broadband's affects on the rural economy, especially for farming operations and small businesses. Describes broadband access in rural areas. Includes rural versus urban comparisons for rural broadband access and funding and technical assistance programs to increase broadband adoption.
Author(s): Johnathan Hladik
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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One Year after the Storms: Recovery and Health Care in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Issue brief describing status of the recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, following the September 2017 hurricanes. Draws on public reports and interviews conducted in July and September 2018 and earlier work focusing on the territories' status 6 months after the storms.
Author(s): Cornelia Hall, Robin Rudowitz, Samantha Artiga, Barbara Lyons
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Characteristics of the Food Insecure in the U.S.
Collection of charts showing data on food insecurity in the prerecession period of 2001-2007, the 2008-2009 recession, and the 2010-2017 post-recession period. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Analyzing the Impact of Incentive Programs on Retention of Family Practice Providers in Rural Nebraska
Highlights county-level information describing shortage areas and Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) codes for the state of Nebraska. Provides statistics and data analysis describing the economic impact of incentive programs retaining family practice providers in rural Nebraska.
Author(s): Andrew J. Pedley
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Making Connections Rural Health Series
Describes multiple components influencing rural health, including: access to care, the built and natural environment, education, health insurance, technology, rural economics, and system perspectives. Supplements the Understanding the Rural Landscape Learning Module. Focuses on addressing challenges rural communities faces with innovative solutions.
Additional links: Download Zip File
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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