Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

How would added growth help?

The economy is growing and adding jobs, but slowly. There are still fewer people employed today in the nation and in North Carolina than before the recession. Most agree faster growth would mean more jobs, but would it also address some of our other economic issues? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Replacing jobs with technology

A recent economic report said almost half of all current jobs could be replaced by technology in the future. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains the reasoning and the implications.

Are bigger homes back?

One of the recession’s effects was not only a major pullback in home sales but also a downsizing of home square footage. Now that we are back to economic growth and to a housing market rebound, has housing size also made a return? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Debt default

With the budget stalemate playing out in Washington in recent weeks, talk of the default on federal debt has been in the news. What does a debt default mean, and what would be the consequences? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

What’s the debt limit?

The question of raising the debt limit has occupied the nation’s attention for several weeks. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what it’s about.

Elements of the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, some call it Obamacare, is being rolled out. There are strong feelings, both pro and con, about this program. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives a broad view of what the legislation is designed to do.

Impact of disability payments on labor force

The percentage of the working age-population either working or looking for work is at a 35-year low. Economists have been scrambling to try to explain this trend, and one factor they have focused on is the rise in individuals who have qualified for Social Security disability payments. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what this means.

A change we can agree on

The new national health care system has sparked intense debate and disagreements, but there’s one program provision that most people can agree with, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

Firm size and the recession

The recession hurt virtually every household and every business in the country. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers which businesses were hurt the most.

Extended jobless benefits and unemployment

A debate about unemployment benefits’ impact on the unemployment level has raged for a long time. Some worry that providing longer periods of benefits discourages recipients from looking for jobs and causes the unemployment rate to be higher. N.C. State University economist MIke Walden explains what some newly published research has to say on the topic.

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