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10/20/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
All this week, we’re looking at the state of prenatal care in Florida. In some counties, women lacking private health insurance have little or no access to a doctor. And that got our economic analyst Hank Fishkind thinking. He sat down with 90.7’s Catherine Welch to talk about the correlation between Florida’s infant mortality rate and the state’s healthcare system. On how the U.S. ranks on infant mortality: “We have some of the highest rates of infant mortality among developed countries. … So there’s an issue.” On the economic factors affecting infant mortality: “Florida has an economy dominated by tourism, retirement and agriculture. And as a result, it gives rise to very large volumes of job creation, which we like, but at very low wage rates. So the result is we have a very large pool of people who can’t afford health care.” On what infant mortality tells us about Florida’s health care system: “It tells us our delivery system is really breaking down because the indicator of infant mortality is very high. … We have two counties in Florida that have infant mortality rates above 15 (deaths per 1,000 births). Now, to put that in perspective, that’s higher infant mortality rates than in El Salvador, Mexico, Turkey or Jamaica. So there’s obviously a break down in the health care delivery systems that would give rise to these very elevated rates on infant mortality in parts of our state.”
10/13/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says recent data reveal some surprising things about the financial benefits of recycling. According to Fishkind, the upshot is that from an economic perspective, we just may be doing too much recycling in most states across the country…including Florida.
10/06/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
September’s job numbers were surprisingly weak across the US, according to new employment data. Add to that a less-than-stellar August jobs report, and you may start to wonder about the health of the economy. But economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there’s probably no cause for alarm, because the unemployment data doesn’t tell the same story as the employment data. 90.7’s Nicole Creston asked him to explain the difference
09/29/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida’s housing markets have rebounded from their lowest points during the recession with higher sales and rising prices, but prices still remain far below their peaks in most areas. That’s according to new data from the Florida Board of Realtors. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says this is as good as the home recovery is likely to get…and that’s not so bad.
09/22/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida’s most recent jobs report looks good overall, says economic analyst Hank Fishkind….but dig into the details, and you’ll find the state’s employment picture is a bit more complex than it first appears. Fishkind takes us deeper into the report and finds some telling trends. He starts with an overview of the newest data.
09/16/2015 - 12:27pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Politicians love to point out that jobs are growing in Florida, but what are those employers paying? 90.7’s Catherine Welch caught up with economic analyst Hank Fishkind who has been looking at the numbers trying to square a booming economy with a growing poverty rate.
09/01/2015 - 10:04am in Fishkind Commentaries
With the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans and our recent near-miss with Tropical Storm Erika, hurricanes have been top-of-mind for many people in Florida. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there are significant economic lessons to be learned from tropical storms and hurricanes.
08/11/2015 - 10:54am in Fishkind Commentaries
While watching the GOP presidential hopefuls in their first big debate last week, 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind noticed a trend. Several former governors claimed their economic policies were so successful in their respective home states, that their economies outperformed the US as a whole. He singled out former Florida Governor Jeb Bush along with Louisiana’s Bobby Jindahl and Rick Perry of Texas for making similar statements. But Fishkind says this is an exaggerated claim, because there’s a limit to what a governor can do to affect the economic health of a state.
08/04/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Sometimes lessons come from unexpected places – and 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind picked up a few while visiting Los Angeles last week. He says after his eye-opening California experience, he returned to Florida with some thoughts on the water quantity and quality issues we face.