Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

The N.C. economic paradox

By some measures North Carolina’s economy has outperformed the national economy during the past two years, yet the state’s job growth has been very slow. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Farmland and home prices

Most home prices have taken a big dive in recent years, but this real-estate trend hasn’t affected all land, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

Costs and tax brackets

There’s a debate brewing about taxes that hasn’t yet bubbled to the surface but is, nevertheless, interesting. The argument is that because prices and costs aren’t the same in all regions of the country, tax brackets — which are the same everywhere — aren’t fair. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden examines the issue.

Shifts in spending

How we spend our income changes over time. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at some of the big shifts we’ve seen in recent decades.

Weight and wages

There’s no doubt we, as a people, have become heavier. Both obesity rates and overweight rates are at record levels. Is there any evidence to suggest that a person’s weight has any impact on what they earn by working? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Prices and poverty

It’s easy to assume that most people pay the same prices for products and services they buy. In fact, this assumption is implicit in comparing how standards of living for different households change over time. But is it really accurate to say we all pay the same prices? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Demography and income inequality

The differences in income among various groups of households is of keen interest today, but before we make conclusions about these differences, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, it’s important to look beneath the surface at underlying factors that may contribute to those differences.

Using time off

If someone loses his or her job — as many people have in the last few years — that unemployed person does gain something: time. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden comments on on how the unemployed use their extra time?

Why aren’t banks lending?

Even for someone with a good credit rating, it’s difficult now to get a loan. Why? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

A good job report

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says the latest all-important job report from North Carolina brought good news.

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