Myths And Realities Of America’s Rural Economy   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/22/980064728/myths-and-realities-of-americas-rural-economy

This week the Indicator talks with Economist Gbenga Ajilore, a senior advisor at the Department of Agriculture about the incorrect assumptions associated with life in rural America. He has studied these rural demographics and now advises policymakers away from these misguided ideas. They discuss the common misconceptions about these rural areas of the US relating to population, jobs, and migration. Some highlights Ajilore shares include: farming is not the only way of life, white people are not the only ones that live in rural areas, and that rural areas are not actually dying out.

Discussion Prompt: What are some other myths about rural areas that have an economic influence?

Original Date: March 22, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 39 seconds

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