Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

What’s driving the economy?

Commentators about the economy talk about deficits and debt, taxes, government spending, election uncertainty and concerns about Europe and Asia as factors in determining the direction of our economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether anything is being left out.

Hope for housing

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden has long said that the general economy won’t dramatically improve until the housing market improves. Are we finally seeing that improvement?

Lifelong learning

Everyone says education is the key to getting a good job in today’s economy, but with the economy changing so rapidly, how does a worker know that the training they receive today will keep them employed in five or 10 years? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Borrowing costs

When people are considering borrowing money, one of the key features they examine is the interest rate on the loan. Is this the only factor that’s important when looking at what loans will cost? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Geography and economics

A phrase was coined a few years ago by a famous writer who said the world is flat. By this, he meant technology and modern communications and transportation have almost eliminated distance and made the entire world accessible. But does this mean geography is obsolete? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Has tourism come back?

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden recently spoke at a tourism industry conference. The industry was hit hard during the recession but is experiencing a rebound.

Household income trends

A recent report indicated that the average income received by a household was more than 8 percent lower than it was in 2007. Is this accurate? And, if so, what does it mean? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

The Fed to the rescue – again?

Chairman Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve recently announced some major new initiatives by that powerful agency to support the economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden elaborates.

Hope for the economy

People are looking for some good news about the condition of the economy, and N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives them some.

Unemployment rate update

There’s been modest improvement in the job market, with both jobs increasing and the jobless rate decreasing slightly. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden provides a snapshot of where we stand.

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