Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Reverse mortgages

Television today seems filled with ads for reverse mortgages, usually endorsed by an actor or former actor. What are these mortgages? Are they a new way to buy a home? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses reverse mortgages.

Return of the consumer

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the driving force in today’s economy and what has to change for the economy to improve.

Manufacturing and unemployment

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the connection between declining manufacturing jobs, unemployment rates and the housing construction.

Yellen vs. Summers

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the top candidates to succeed Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve.

Budget shares

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses shifts in state spending in the new state budget.

The real debt

An economist in California recently made a media splash by suggesting that the real national debt is $70 trillion, not $17 trillion. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what he meant.

Saving for a rainy day

One of the items in the newly passed and signed state budget that received a big boost in spending was reserves, or what some call the rainy day fund. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what is this fund and why it got a big boost.

The return of fun

One of the economic sectors that is expanding the most is leisure and hospitality, which might be called “fun.” N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what’s going on.

Exporting energy

Domestic oil and natural gas production are up. Should we keep this additional energy or export some of it.? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the economics behind this question.

Are we spending too much on health care?

The United States spends more on health care than any other country. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether we’re spending too much.

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