Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Gas prices up again

To paraphrase a famous politician, Here we go again. Just as there are some glimmers of hope for the economy, drivers are getting hit with higher gas prices. The question is always why. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Tax expenditures

Most of the presidential candidates have unveiled new tax plans for the federal government. One of the terms that comes up regarding these plans is tax expenditures. What exactly are these and why are they important? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Impacts of losing real-estate wealth

Most economists agree that the decline in real-estate wealth was one big reason the recent recession was so bad. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why this was so important.

Some good news from businesses

Everyone is looking for signs of improvement in the economy. And N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says we are seeing some in the business community.

The payroll tax cut

Recently the federal government renewed the reduction of the payroll tax cut. What is the payroll tax? How will the reduction help the economy? And are there any downsides to the cut? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

A good economic number

One of the key parts of the economy is the housing market. Do any of the economic statistics related to the housing marketing look like they are headed in the right direction? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

An inflation predictor

Although inflation doesn’t appear to be an issue now, some think it will be in the future. Is there anything we can look at to get an inkling of just where inflation may be headed? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The Internet and business costs

The Internet has changed much about both our society and our economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden shares his insight into how the Internet has changed the business world.

Slow job growth in North Carolina

The good news is that the number of jobs has increased during the past two years. The bad news is the pace of job improvement in North Carolina has been especially slow. Job growth in our state has been only one third as fast as in the nation. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why.

Measuring debt

The national debt is a big issue, but people have different ways of looking at it. In fact, some people say the debt is going down even as the dollar value of it is going up. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains how this claim can be made.

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