Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

China invests in the U.S.

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the recent purchase by a Chinese company of Smithfield Foods, a large agribusiness company specializing in pork with operations in North Carolina.

Did unemployment benefits keep unemployment high?

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses whether the extension of unemployment benefits during the recession actually increased unemployment by motivating some workers to stay unemployed longer.

Paying for fuel efficiency

As gas prices increase, the value of vehicles getting more miles per gallon also increases. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses whether car buyers are willing to pay more for fuel efficient vehicles related to what they might save in fuel costs?

Our wealth

When most people think about the economy, they naturally think about jobs and income, but wealth is also an important economic concept. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden defines wealth and provides the latest measure of wealth.

Overseas production

It’s well known that many U.S. companies have shifted some of their production to other countries, and there’s a general assumption that this has been done to reduce labor costs. Does this appear to be the actual major reason? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Is pay keeping up with prices?

As the number of jobs in the economy continues to rise, more people are concerned about what those jobs pay. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses what is happening to average wages and salaries.

Tax techniques

Some American companies are paying taxes in foreign countries at a much lower rate than if the taxes had been paid in the U.S. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses this issue.

Where are the factories located?

Thinking about U.S. manufacturing being located in the Midwest or farming in the south and west may be out of date. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why.

Some good deficit news

The latest forecasts show some improvement in the federal deficit. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden talks about what’s happening.

Is the Fed ready to pivot?

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the Federal Reserve and whether a major policy change may be in the offing.

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