Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

The economics of vehicles

Vehicle buying has gotten harder. Fuel efficiency is a big concern. When we look at the major alternatives to the combustion engine – such as all-electric and hybrid vehicles — is economics working in their favor? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The future of technology

Anyone who’s lived in the last generation or even the last century has seen the wonders brought about by new technology. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at some of the technological advances that experts see happening in the future?

Can inflation persist without money?

There are worries about inflation today. Are we powerless against inflation, or can it be controlled? N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden weighs in.

Less crime

It might seem that when unemployment rises crime would rise as well. But national statistics show though that both violent crime and property crime have been falling. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden examines why that’s the case.

North Carolina’s housing market

Last year there was some optimism that the national housing slump was easing. But that slump appears to have returned this year. And N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says we’re seeing the same situation in North Carolina.

Better finances

Public finances usually follow private finances. That is, if the private sector is having economic problems, these issues will affect tax revenues and the public sector. This has happened in North Carolina, but is there any evidence public finances are beginning to turn around? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Good North Carolina news

The race is on to have the economy of the future, which will deliver jobs and prosperity. And N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden says that some statistics suggest that North Carolina is doing well in this race.

Long-term unemployment

Economists are becoming increasingly worried about what they call long-term unemployment. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden defines the term and explains what worries it creates.

Where is unemployment low?

Everyone knows unemployment’s high, but perhaps what’s not as well known is that unemployment rates can vary significantly with a number of factors. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses where unemployment rates are the lowest.

Career options

Are young people today motivated to stay in school? And do they see going to school as an avenue to getting a good job? N.C. Cooperative Extension economist Mike Walden discusses what the latest research says for North Carolina.

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