Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Crumbling infrastructure

A recent bridge collapse in the state of Washington seems to be just one example of the nation’s infrastructure problems. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether the infrastructure is really falling apart before our eyes.

Bigger isn’t always better

There’s an accepted notion that big everything – TV screens, food portions and companies – is better. One such belief is that larger firms are more efficient and can, therefore, offer lower prices to garner more sales. But is this bigger is better belief always true? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The science degree gap

Experts see significant job growth opportunities in the future in the sciences, which includes engineering, computer programming and even machinery repair. But these same experts question whether the U.S. is training enough individuals to take these jobs. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden reflects on what the statistics suggest.

Improved competitiveness

As the national economy makes a comeback, domestic businesses are looking over their shoulder at foreign companies who want to take a chunk of the big U.S. market. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden comments on whether U.S. companies in a position to compete effectively.

Land speculation

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the ups and downs of land and housing prices and how these gyrations have impacted the economy over time.

Trade, technology and towns

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses how the lowering of trade barriers and information technology have impacted different parts of the country.

North Carolina revenue rebound

The North Carolina economy went through some very lean economic years during the recession, which had a very adverse impact on state tax revenues. N.C. State University economist discusses how the improving economy has impacted state taxes.

Social Security and Medicare update

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the latest report from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare programs.

Where are the rich?

N..C. State University economist Mike Walden looks at where the rich live around the world.

2012 economic performance

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the latest measure of North Carolina’s GDP, or gross domestic product.

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