Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Regional differences in gas prices

Among different areas of the country, there are big gas price differences. Why are many East Coast gas prices higher than Midwest prices? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

America’s economic position in the world

It’s commonly thought that our country’s position in the world has slipped in recent decades. What kinds of measures can we use to judge this? And what do those measures indicate? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The energy conundrum

One of the ways we’ve tried to deal with energy scarcity and high prices is through improved efficiency of energy use. But not everyone thinks this will work. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why.

Financing sports facilities

Major league sports is big business, and both teams and fans like up-to-date stadiums and arenas. But a longtime issue is, Who should finance these facilities — the team or the public? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look around the country at patterns to this financing decision.

The everyday price index

Measuring changes in inflation or the cost of living is a big job. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that there are a number of competing measures, including the everyday price index. Just what is it? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Tax tips

It’s that time of year again: time to file income tax returns. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives two suggestions.

The magic price of $4.25

Everyone is focused on rising gas prices. Concerns are now being raised that the higher fuel costs might end the good news we’ve recently received about the economy. Should we be worried? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Stock market indicators

The stock market has been doing well recently, and this is helping the economy. But with so many stocks available, how can we get a fix on what stocks in general are doing? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The export boom

One of the bright signs of today’s U.S. economy has been exports: American companies are now selling more to foreign countries than ever before. So what are we selling? And why are exports doing this well? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The efficient market debate

There’s a debate going on among economists about how investment markets work, and the debate has big implications for average investors. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden sheds light on what the discussion is about.

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