Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Alumni step up

Most universities and colleges around the country faced severe budge t problems during the recession. In many cases, public sources, such as state governments, curtailed funding. Is there any evidence that in such gloomy financial times, alumni increase their donations to help fill the gap? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Coping with graying

It’s forecasted that by the year 2050, people over age 60 in the world will outnumber children under the age of 14. Some predict the planet’s population will actually begin to drop. Should we be worried? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Why nations succeed

Why do some nations succeed economically and others fail? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden shares highlights from a new book that explores the reasons.

Did the tax hike hurt?

Most workers saw a 2 percentage-point increase in the payroll tax they pay this year. Some worry this will be bad for the economy by causing a reduction in consumer spending. Have we seen any evidence of this adverse effect yet? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Rules of the investment road

There’s always uncertainty in investing. One particular problem today is that safe investments pay very low returns, and yet investments like stocks that have done better can always retreat. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden offers five simple rules for the average investor.

Banking on manufacturing

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama called for a return to manufacturing and factory jobs as a way to economic recovery. The same recommendation has been made here in North Carolina. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether manufacturing can really lead an economic revival.

Another positive sign for the job market

There’s a little more optimism about the employment situation today as we are seeing businesses adding positions and jobless rates trending down. However, one of the scary statistics for the job market has been the length of time folks have been out of work. Are we seeing any progress here? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Christmas sales

There’s always much speculation leading into the Christmas season about the strength of sales. Unfortunately, we don’t receive the final numbers for Christmas sales until well after the season. The good news is we now have those figures, and N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains whether Christmas was naughty or nice to retailers.

Housing deals

There’s been good news about the housing market in recent months, as both sales and prices have been gaining. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains, the improvement hasn’t been similar across the country.

Comparing government spending

Often it’s useful to look at where we’ve been to get some insight into where we might be going. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives a brief historical view on government spending.

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