Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Improving your hiring chances

Folks without a job are looking for any edge they can use to land new employment. What are the experts saying about bettering a person’s likelihood of being hired? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

When to take Social Security

Next year N.C. State University economist Mike Walden will be eligible for Social Security. He explains the factors that go into deciding when to begin receiving the monthly checks.

Commercial real-estate revival

Commercial real estate was battered during the recession. New construction came to a virtual halt and values fell. Now there are signs that commercial real estate is coming back. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why.

Medicare and Medicaid

The federal government’s two big health care support programs, Medicare and Medicaid, have been in the news recently. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains the differences between these programs.

Government help

Statistics show that the percentage of households receiving some kind of government help reached an all-time high of 50 percent in 2010. What’s behind this amazing number? And will it continue to rise? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The future of gasoline

One of the most watched of prices is that of gasoline. Although gas prices don’t change in a straight line, the trend has appeared to be up. Should we expect more of the same in the future? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

What starting point?

There’s a big debate going on about whether we’re better off now, economically speaking. Of course, such comparisons must have both a starting point and an ending point. For most, the ending point is now. But what is the appropriate starting point? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Is there a structural labor problem?

The job market is still a big issue in the economy. Some say much of the problem is structural rather than cyclical. What is structural versus cyclical? Which is the problem? And why does it matter? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Food prices over time

Because of the Midwest drought, the government says food prices are expected to rise the rest of this year as well as next year. Still, food is very much a bargain when viewed over several decades, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

Successful nations

When it comes to economic development, what makes for a successful country? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

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