Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Better, but not best

People constantly ask N.C. State University economist Mike Walden where the economy is going. He outlines what he’s now telling the various groups he’s been asked to speak to.

Is lending improving?

A common complaint in today’s economy is that banks have money, but they’re just not loaning it. Could this be a reason behind our sputtering economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

Leading or lagging?

After years of having a relatively low unemployment rate, North Carolina’s rate ballooned to more than 11 percent — much above the national average. Today it’s still over 9 percent. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether this means North Carolina’s best days are over.

Which states are under water?

When it comes to home mortgages, a so-called “underwater” homeowner is one who owes more on his or her mortgage than the home is worth. Underwater mortgages have been a particular problem in recent years. Where is the situation most severe? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The tax-free holiday

Many states, including North Carolina, now have a limited number of days where certain retail purchases will not be subject to a sales tax. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden outlines the impact of these so-called tax-free holidays.

The economic value of social media

Most users of social media — such as Facebook and Twitter –probably look at them as ways to have fun and communicate with friends and family, but is there a serious side to these technologies, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden. They are becoming a big part of the business world.

More QE?

Many people speculate that the Federal Reserve will soon embark on another round of QE, or quantitative easing. What would this mean? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Big changes are happening

Much of the economic news we hear is dismal, yet often we can see a glass half full rather than half empty. N.C. State University economist provides some glass-half-full examples of today’s economy. “First of all, the housing market, clearly the housing market has had a rough time over the last four to five years. […]

Why does manufacturing matter?

Manufacturing is relatively a much smaller part of our economy than in the past. Some worry that eventually manufacturing in our country will disappear entirely. What would we lose if this happened? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

What can states do to improve economic growth?

Most states, including North Carolina, want to create more jobs and lower their unemployment rates. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what can they do to accomplish these goals?

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