Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

The wealth of nations

The book “The Wealth of Nations” is one of the most famous economics volumes ever written. But when we take the title literally and look at what really composes national wealth, what do we see? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

State recession recoveries

Economies vary from state to state, and so it should not be surprising that states have progressed at different rates in the recovery from the recession. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what factors seem to be related to states’ progress.

What’s wrong with the economy?

This was the year the economy was supposed to hit its stride and to really begin to pull out of the hole dug during the recession. But instead the opposite has happened. The economy has slowed and is dangerously close to another recession. What happened? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Student debt

The one type of debt that has continued to rise during the recession is debt from student loans. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the trend.

Worker incentives

Companies want to get the most out of their workers. This goal has created a long-time issue of how to structure worker pay and other incentives in order to promote the best productivity. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at new research on the question.

Improving household balance sheets

The recession has had a dramatic impact on household wealth and debt. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives an update on where these important financial measures stand.

Private versus public job growth

Sometimes the private economy — meaning private businesses — and the public economy — meaning government — go in different directions. Has this been the case recently with jobs? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Age and unemployment

The slow job market and high unemployment are still putting a damper on the economy. But when we look at job prospects by age, do some age groups have it better than others? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

It could be worse

The slow progress in the economy continues to be a major issue for most people. But sometimes it’s good to put issues in perspective. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers how the U.S. economy has performed relative to other countries.

Some good economic news for North Carolina

There are many measures of the economy, but one economists are fond of is gross domestic product. What do the recently released the numbers for gross domestic product for 2011 for all states. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden highlights what these statistics show for North Carolina.

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