Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Spending time

Time and money are our two major resources. A new government report was just released that shows how parents use their time. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives the highlights.

Raleigh is back

Local job numbers were just released, and there’s reason for those in the Raleigh area to celebrate. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Internet sales

For a while there’s been an issue involving taxes applied to internet sales. Why is this issue important to states? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Why fewer households are moving

Statisticians tell us that we’re less of a nation on the move than we used to be. That is, fewer people are moving from one state to another. It’s been thought this was a result of the recession and poor housing market, which made it difficult for people to sell their homes. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains, there may be another answer.

The shrinking middle class

A recent study by the Pew Research Center made quite a splash, showing that in the last decade the middle class has shrunk by 6 percent. But in the last 40 years the decline has been more than 17percent. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what’s going on.

North Carolina outlook

Everyone wants to know where the economy is going. N.C. State University’s Mike Walden outlines what his leading economic indicator index suggests for North Carolina.

Collision course

There’s a big debate ongoing about the federal budget and federal spending. But some say there’s more to the debate than just total spending. Instead, it’s also a debate about where spending is occurring. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Impacts of smoking bans

Smoking bans in commercial areas and public places have increased in frequency across the country and even here in North Carolina. In fact, one North Carolina community is even contemplating banning smoking on the beach. N.C. State University economist takes a look at how such bans affect smoking.

QE benefits

The Federal Reserve has enacted a couple of QE, or quantitative easing, programs in recent years. And they may be ready to embark on another. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what quantitative easing is and outlines the benefits.

Areas of agreement

There seems to be nothing but disagreement over what should be done about the economy. But N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says there are some areas that economists and policymakers agree on.

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