Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Tax terms

Taxes are always a favorite topic of conversation, and frequently terms like tax rate and deductions are thrown around. N.C. State University’s Mike Walden shares insight on what these words and phrases really mean.

Food prices and discontent

People sometimes get grumpy when they are hungry. But is there a relationship between civil unrest and rising food prices? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Does aging reduce stock prices?

Theories about what determines the value of the stock market can fill a library. But one that makes sense, at least on the surface, is the impact of an aging society. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Debt and deflation

Some say there’s nothing new in the world — everything is simply recycled. If you accept this idea, are there any predecessors to the kind of economic rocky road we’ve had in the recent years? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Who has suffered most?

The latest household income numbers from the Census were just released, and they don’t paint a pretty picture. In 2010, household income continued to fall. N.C. State University economist considers what the Census shows for richer, middle-income and poorer-income households.

Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme

In a recent national political discussion Social Security was referred to as a Ponzi scheme. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what this means and whether it’s accurate.

Living longer and working less

Many say the sizes and ages of population groups as well as factors like birth and death rates determine many of our economic outcomes. How do such demographic factors affect us today? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

Unseen interest rates

Interest rates are as low as they have been in many decades. But is that good or bad? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

The big economic battle

Politicians are divided over what should be done to help the struggling economy. One source of disagreement is over whether the federal government should spend more or should concentrate on spending less and reducing the deficit. But N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says the disagreement isn’t just about politics — it’s also about economics.

Does demography rule the economy?

It can be argued that people-power is really what’s behind the economy. Can we see changes in the numbers and ages of people affecting some of the economic issues we confront? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

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