Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Green jobs

The public has shown increased interest in preserving the environment and related jobs, broadly called “green jobs.” N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what these jobs are and how many of them exist.

Fed worries

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently testified before Congress about the Fed’s policies to support the economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses what Bernanke had to say.

Japan joins the club

Among the major economic powers of the world, Japan has perhaps suffered the most in recent years. There was the horrible tsunami and nuclear disaster, but Japan’s growth rate has been struggling for years, too. But as N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist Mike Walden points out, Japan is about to try something new when it comes to the economy.

Changing the financing of roads

When addressing economic issues, it can be helpful to keep an eye on what other states are doing. A few weeks ago the governor of Virginia proposed a new way for that state to pay for roads, and a version of that plan has been passed. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains the plan and its implications for North Carolina.

Payoffs from helping the poor

Designing programs that help households that are struggling economically have always been challenging, but a new experimental program in England appears, at least initially, to be a win-win for everyone. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains how it works.

A brighter global economy

Almost the entire world was in a recession late last decade. But with many economic indicators in the United States now pointing up, is there a better economic mood in the rest of the world? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The tax debate

Alternative tax plans and tax systems for North Carolina are likely to be vigorously debated this year. In comparing such plans, how should people keep score? N.C. State University outlines some factors to consider.

The gold standard of economic measures

Every day there seems to be a slew of economic data released, and some of it seems contradictory. Is there one number or statistic that best reflects the condition of the economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

No gas tax?

Few drivers like the gas tax, but the money is an important source for funding road building and maintenance. So is there a catch when it comes to a recent gas tax elimination proposal? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Growing student debt

Student loan debt in the United States has now reached almost $1 trillion, and as a percentage of all household debt, it has doubled in the past 10 years. But is this a problem? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

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