Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Government and the economy

The role of government in the economy is subject of much debate in the United States. Some say it is only because of the actions of the government that the recession didn’t turn into a depression, and others take the opposite view — that all the spending and borrowing by the government has actually hurt the economy. In today’s Economic Perspective, economist Mike Walden of N.C. Cooperative Extension is asked, Who’s right?

Are jobs going begging?

Unemployment is without question the biggest economic issue in the country. Nationwide, over 16 million people who want to work don’t have a job. Is the problem just that we don’t have enough jobs? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers this question in today’s Economic Perspective.

Split buying

Retailers have had a tough time in the economy overall. We haven’t seen the typical spike in retail sales after a recession. But, as N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden says, there is a part of the retail market that is doing better than the rest.

Worries about bubbles

Investors are edgy. Even if they are making money, they’re concerned it won’t last. There are fears that any investment that has had a good run is setting itself up for a big fall. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains which type of investments fears are focused on.

Down shifting in the economy

One of the most watched gauges on the economy — the growth rate in real gross domestic product — was released recently, and it raised some eyebrows. N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden explains why.

The changing job picture

We face two big job questions: First, will jobs come back? And second, where will the new jobs be? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden tackles the second question.

Is there an ‘easy button’ for the economy?

Everyone is looking for a way to improve the economy, add jobs and increase incomes. But is there an easy way to reach these goals? N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden responds.

Gas prices and vehicle purchases

When gas prices soared in the mid 2000s, it affected our driving and what vehicles we bought. But more precisely, what happened when gas prices soared to almost $4 a gallon? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden summarizes what studies reveal.

Where did we splurge?

Pushed by a good stock market and soaring housing prices, American households went on a buying binge before the recession. During those earlier buying years, what kinds of products were consumers snapping up? N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden responds.

Who benefits from e-commerce?

What’s called e-commerce — or online shopping — has grown by leaps and bounds. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden talks about the kind of businesses that benefit the most from e-commerce.

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