Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Where is inflation headed?

Inflation has been way down on the list of economic issues in recent years. In 2009, we actually had deflation — meaning average prices dropped. But some worried that higher inflation is just a matter of time, especially with all the money and credit the Federal Reserve has produced. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the inflation forecast.

Local cost-of-living indicators

Every month the federal government releases national cost-of-living information. But does the government issue simliar information for states, counties or cities? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

International trade cities

Trade with foreign countries has become an increasingly important part of our economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at the most important U.S. cities when it comes to international trade.

Do stimulus programs increase consumer spending?

One common way government tries to deal with a recession is to motivate consumer spending by providing tax rebates and deductions. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether there is evidence that this works.

The numbers on full- and part-time work

Are too many of the jobs being created today part-time? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what the data tell us.

Will higher rates slow the housing recovery?

Mortgage rates have risen noticeably in the last year, and that makes it more expensive for people to buy homes. So will housing sales start to slip again under the weight of higher borrowing costs? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Budget options

The legislation ending the federal government shutdown established a working group in Congress to look at a long-run solution to federal budgetary issues. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what they will be considering.

Will the correct unemployment rate stand up?

The government’s latest report puts the national unemployment rate at 7.2 percent. Some critics say this rate is way too low to be accurate. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether the critics have a case.

Investment advice from Nobel Prize winners

Three U.S. economists recently won Nobel Prizes. Two of the three won for their contributions to investment analysis. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains the practical investment implications of these winners’ work.

The changing nature of work

A reported 6 million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are both not working and not in school. In other words, they are idle. Does it say anything about job-market changes? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Privacy Statement | University Policies | Contact