Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

It paid to be small

It’s commonly thought that big companies can survive adversity better than small firms. Big companies have more resources and perhaps better access to credit for loans in tough times. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether this conventional wisdom was true in the past recession.

Measuring poverty

Poverty rates have risen about 4 percentage points in the last decade, with the 2010 measure standing at near 15 percent. But N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says that analysts don’t think this is an adequate measure of poverty.

Better than it looks?

Recently the July jobs report for North Carolina was released. And the headlines didn’t look good. The statewide unemployment rate rose from 9.4 percent to 9.6 percent. But was there any good news in the report? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

An economic lesson

A new semester has started at N.C. State University, with many students eager to learn about economics. Dr. Mike Walden, a professor of agricultural and resource economics, explains what he teaches these students about interest rates.

Alternative approaches to Medicare

One of the emerging issues in the national political campaign is Medicare. Medicare provides financial help to the elderly for healthcare expenses. It’s a very large program that many argue is growing too fast to be sustainable. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at some of the alternative ideas for addressing Medicare costs.

Benefits of public schools

Schools have opened all over the country. How can we evaluate public education’s impact? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

North Carolina cities on the map

North Carolina traditionally has been a state of small towns, but in recent decades some of its towns have grown up to become big cities. When we compare our state’s cities to cities around the country, how do we rank? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Foreign selling in North Carolina

We certainly live in an international economy. North Carolinians sell products and services to foreign buyers, and at the same time we purchase products and services from foreign sellers. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what we buy from other countries — in other words, our imports.

Paying for college

College costs are rising and yet getting a college degree is probably more important than ever for securing a good job. This leaves students in a pinch: how to pay for those rising costs. So, where are students getting the money? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at a new study that answers that question.

Tax pyramiding

Taxes are both controversial and complex, and there are many special terms that have been developed to describe them. A new tax term is tax pyramiding. What does it mean? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

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