Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Super-low interest rates

Recently there was an interest-rate record set. N.C. State University’s Mike Walden explains what it was and what it means for the economy.

Progress on global warming

Greenhouse gas emissions, which are linked to global warming, are certainly a big issue in our country and the world. Do we appear to be making any progress with the problem? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Housing wealth and spending

The decline in home prices during the recession has had widespread impacts on the economy, and, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains, those effects have been different for different kinds of households.

The inter-related economy

One of the benefits of studying economics is learning about how the many parts are connected. Most people understand this from a supply point of view. For example, Company A purchases supplies from Company B, which in turn buys from Company C. But do we see this same kind of connectedness in the job market? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Benefits of more education

The rising cost of higher education has renewed interest in the value of that education for the student. What do the latest data show?

Debt and deficit facts

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden recently gave a public talk about the national debt and deficits. In today’s Economic Perspective, he talks about some of the key facts he presented.

Another job indicator

Job creation and the unemployment rate are two common measures of the job market, but there are issues with both. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses another job market indicators that economists track to give us some sense for how hard it is to get a job.

Money in the vault

There’s been much criticism of the Federal Reserve and the money they’ve been printing in the past few years. Some worry all these new dollars will eventually cause inflation to skyrocket. Is there any reason why this wouldn’t happen? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Banking changes

Banks have been in the news a lot in recent years. Many say the banking system was on the verge of collapse in late 2008, and partially as a result, major new financial regulations were passed by Congress in 2010. Not only that, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, we also are changing the way we interact with banks.

Getting a good car deal

When buying a vehicle, everyone loves a good deal. In fact, haggling over vehicle prices is usually expected. But is there anything you can do, to put yourself in a position to get that sometimes elusive lowest price? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds to the question asked by his wife, Mary.

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