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State business indicators

Periodically new economic indicators or indexes are released for the states. Often North Carolina does well on these measures. But are these indicators useful? Do they tell us anything? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

North Carolina through the long lens

We’ll hear much about the North Carolina economy in the state elections this year. When you stand back and look at some trends and shifts in the state over several decades, what do you see? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

What’s changed?

Some big changes have occurred in our world recently in a range of areas, from trade to jobs to energy and to environmental issues. What’s behind these shifts? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

State troubles

Most states, including North Carolina, have faced major economic challenges in recent years with the recession, high unemployment, and balancing budgets. Does it look to get any easier for states in the future? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Inflation expectations

The Federal Reserve has more than tripled the money supply in the last four years. This has raised concern for much higher inflation rates down the road. But N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says people in the financial markets don’t seem to be worried.

Are higher food prices coming?

Consumers may be in for a shock in a few months when they visit the grocery store or supermarket. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses what they’ll see.

A European Fed?

A recent agreement by the major European countries suggests that the European Union might create a Federal Reserve-style structure. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what happened and why it’s important.

How college matters

In general, people see more doors open and higher salaries if they have a college degree than if they don’t. Does this mean having a college diploma automatically leads to economic prosperity? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

North Carolina income inequality

The disparity of income earned by different workers is a big topic in the country. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden brings the issue home, considering where North Carolina and regions within the state rank on differences in pay and income.

Are we there yet?

Households built up tremendous amounts of debt prior to the recession, and since then they have been working to reduce it. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at how far they have come and how much is left to do.

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