Solving Child Care Needs, Especially in Greater Minnesota

August 30, 2023

Q&A With Elizabeth Davis, University of Minnesota applied economics professor, on child care needs and solutions.

Why Vietnamese children outperform the British at school

August 29, 2023

Vietnam’s education system is remarkably effective – what lessons can other developing countries learn? “In other developing countries, there’s lots of evidence that… one in five teachers don’t show up on any given day,” says Prof Paul Glewwe, an economics professor at the University of Minnesota who has long studied education in lower income settings.

Professor Hikaru Peterson New Grant

August 18, 2023

Congratulations to Professor Hikaru Peterson for her lead on a new USDA-NIFA grant award to work with Central Minnesota's Somali-American community to study immigrant access to healthy food.

Affirmative action should target poverty, not race

July 10, 2023

Reasonable, economically rigorous criteria can continue to support access to higher education for the disadvantaged.

Ask the Experts: Fourth of July Savings Tips (within 2023’s Best & Worst Places for 4th of July Celebrations)

June 27, 2023

As Americans, we value our freedom a lot, judging by the amount of money we spend on Fourth of July festivities. But there are ways to strut your patriotic stuff — and have a great time doing it — without breaking the bank. For money-saving advice, we asked a panel of experts for their thoughts on the following key questions:

  1. What money-saving tips do you have for people planning to travel for the Fourth of July?
  2. Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday this year. How does holiday timing affect people’s spending and travel plans?
  3. Will the current economic downturn change the way Americans celebrate 4th of July?
  4. When evaluating the best cities for Fourth of July celebrations, what are the top five indicators?

Farm Connections: Dr. Brian Buhr, Jim Nichols, Seth Naeve

June 7, 2023

We meet with Dr. Brian Buhr from the University of Minnesota to talk about the opportunities education provides the agricultural community. Jim Nichols returns to talk in depth about ethanol and other alternative energies and Seth Naeve with the University of Minnesota provides us with a Best Practice about how to harvest clean soybeans.

From plate to policy: A student's journey from chef to applied economist

May 25, 2023

For former chef Alex Chase, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) was a natural fit to leverage his experience in the food industry into a new career path focused on food security.

Why the price of eggs is down — and likely to keep falling

May 12, 2023

Prices for “food at home” fell for the second straight month – though they’re still well above where they were a year ago.

One item, in particular, may be helping: the price of eggs has tumbled.