Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Falling birth rates

A recently released report indicates that the birth rate in the U.S. has been dropping. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden provides details on the report and related implications.

Coming home

There’s renewed optimism about manufacturing in the country. Manufacturing has been adding jobs recently in both the nation and here in North Carolina. Some of these jobs are coming from companies moving operations back to the U.S. from overseas. Why does it appear manufacturing is enjoying a revival? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

State tax rankings

Each year the non-profit organization the Tax Foundation calculates rankings for state and local taxes paid in each state. The latest rankings are out for 2010. What do they show? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Types of economic inequality

Economic inequality is a big issue today, with some statistics suggesting the richest households have moved up the economic ladder much faster than other households. But do all the ways of looking at economic inequality give us the same answer? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Retooling RTP

When the Research Triangle Park was founded several decades ago, it was unique. It was a research center nestled in a beautiful wooded area within easy proximity to cities and universities and has been a big success. Yet recently a plan was released that would make significant changes to RTP. Why the overhaul? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

China’s challenges

China today is a major economic power in the world, but what are the major issues China is facing today? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Old style vs. new style buying

Beneath the surface of all Christmas shopping that’s taking place now is a battle. It’s a battle over how we consumers buy. Who are the combatants? And where are they fighting? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Will there be a Sandy rebound?

Hurricane Sandy created enormous damage and losses in the Northeast. But some say that Sandy will also result in some rebuilding, sparking more economic growth and job creation. Does this mean there’s a silver lining to natural disasters like Sandy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

North Carolina economic outlook

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden recently posted his outlook for North Carolina’s economy in 2013. Is he upbeat?

Why is a housing rebound important?

Most of the housing market indicators – such as sales, new construction and prices – have been improving this year. Other than being a positive for those involved in building and selling homes, why is a comeback in the residential housing market important to the general economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

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