Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Technology, education and pay

Two big drivers of salaries in the past couple of decades have been education and technology. But do education and technology always work together in increasing what someone earns? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Core inflation

Each month two different inflation rates are released by the government. One is the total inflation rate, and the other is the so-called core rate, which excludes price changes for food and energy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why we track inflation without including food and energy prices.

The biggest debtors

The size of our national debt and what to do about it are big issues. Are these problems confined to the United States? Or do other countries have issues with their national debt? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The urban-rural gap

The difference in economic growth between urban and rural counties in North Carolina has been an issue for decades. Whether there’s been any progress in reducing the differences in recent years depends, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, on how you define progress.

How much is made in China?

People often comment that everything they buy seems to be made in China. Certainly Chinese production and exports have increased dramatically since their economy has been integrated into world trade, and N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says that we can now put a number or percentage on the amount of Chinese products we buy.

Comparing tax rates

There’s always a public discussion going on about taxes, and the recent focus has been on how taxes have changed for households of different income levels. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what the data show.

The European problem

A number of analysts blame Europe for some of the recent drops in the U.S. stock market. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what’s going on in Europe and why whether it’s impacted us.

Policy options

Everyone is anxious to get the economy moving faster and to create jobs. To many it seems the economy is going backward rather than forward. N.C. State University economists considers some of the things the government can do to improve the economy.

Making a deal

Legislation that increased the debt limit set up the commission charged with further reducing future increases in the national debt. If a plan is agreed to, what do the people in the know think will be in it? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Not back yet

Periodically the federal government revises its economic data. Once recent change really caused headlines at least among economists. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

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