Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Exercise and economics

Does the level of exercise move with the ups and downs of the economy? N.C. State University economist explains a recent study that looked at this question.

Facts and fictions about measuring unemployment

Some say that the unemployment rate is based on the number of people qualifying for unemployment compensation and that, therefore, once jobless workers stop collecting unemployment compensation they’re no longer counted as unemployed and, as a result, the real unemployment rate is much higher than the reported rate. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains, that’s not the case.

What’s the 2012 economic outlook?

Probably the most frequent question people are asking about 2012 is whether the economy will improve, and N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says he thinks it will.

Keep your eye on the ECB

Many economists who are watching the European situation say any short-run solution to the European debt crisis must come from the European Central Bank at the center of the euro and the euro countries. So what does the ECB have to do? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Natural gas supplies

Natural gas was once a relatively minor fuel that attracted very little attention. Now it’s big news, and some claim it’s the fuel of the future. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what’s changed.

The coming commodity squeeze

Although everyone is focused on today’s challenging economy, it’s helpful to look ahead at some of the economic issues we will likely face down the road. Many experts say a big issue will be both the supply and price of basic commodities. What do they mean? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

North Carolina jobs: lagging or waiting?

Since the job market bottomed out in early 2010, North Carolina has added jobs but at only one-third the rate of the nation. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why.

California thinking

California has been one of the states hardest hit by the recession, and the state continues to face severe budget problems. A commission, the Think Long Committee for California, has just issued their recommendations for changing the tax system in that state. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether any of the committee’s ideas are relevant for North Carolina.

Who’s driving oil prices?

Oil prices are back near $100 a barrel, but it seems that people are being careful when it comes to how much they drive and putting a priority on fuel efficiency. Why aren’t we being rewarded for our good behavior with lower oil prices? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The ghost of Irving Fisher

Our economy is so large and so complex that understanding it requires some kind of paradigm or framework. But there can be many competing frameworks, which gives us many ways of looking at the economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at a framework that has been revived – one proposed by long-departed economist Irving Fisher.

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