Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Job progress

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes stock of what’s happened in the job market over the past year, providing key numbers for both North Carolina and the country.

Movers of the economy

There are always big forces that sweep through the world and have a lot to do with how we live. The development of information technology in recent decades is a good example. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden looks ahead to identify key forces that will shape our future economy.

Corporate taxes

There’s a move in North Carolina to lower the tax rate on corporate profits. Also, at the national level there have been lots of stories recently of corporations that have paid very little federal income taxes. Some might say that corporations are getting special treatment and ask why. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the issue.

The man-cession

‘Man-cession’ is a play on the words man and recession, because this recession has apparently hurt men much more than women. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives some statistics and then the reasons why.

Commercial real estate comes back

After the residential real estate market crashed a couple of years ago, many were worried about the other real estate shoe dropping. That is, there was concern that the commercial real estate market would also plunge. But things are much better now with this important part of our economy, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

The surging South

One economist recently said that people equal power when it comes to business and commerce. When we look at how different regions of the country have changed in population during recent decades, what does this say about the economic clout of those regions? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

Is inflation really 10 percent?

There’s a new study that suggests the main inflation gauge, the consumer price index, is understating the real inflation rate by showing a 5 or 6 percent annual rate. This study says the real annual inflation rate is near 10 percent. Is the report correct? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

How will we cope with gas prices

We’re already beginning to see consumers change their behaviors in response to high gas prices. Mainly, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, our major strategy is to buy less.

Government versus the market

A major plan was recently released that would significantly reduce both the federal deficit and debt. How is this accomplished? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

When will the Fed shift?

The Federal Reserve has been doing its part to boost the economy by keeping key interest rates low and printing money. But some say the Fed will eventually have to shift away from this policy. Why would they do this, and what would it mean? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

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