Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Baby boomers’ migration

Baby boomers are rapidly retiring and, unlike many of their parents, are on the move. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at where they are headed for their golden years.

Who has gained

Over the last 25 years, who has gotten ahead when it comes to pay? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Globalization and the recession

Economists are still trying to decide what caused the great recession. Much of the focus has been on excessive loans, which ultimately led to credit issues and the collapse of the housing market. But as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses, there are other possible explanations.

Competition or cooperation?

Economists often talk about the benefits of competition, with companies vying for business and, as a byproduct, helping to keep production costs low. But to many, competition implies a winner and losers. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses another term that might be more appropriate.

The world’s most powerful woman

Last year many called German Chancellor Angela Merkle the world’s most powerful or influential woman, but starting Feb. 1, there may be someone else taking that spot as Janet Yellen takes the helm of the Federal Reserve. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains. “What we’re looking at here … is … influence — and [...]

Stocks in 2014

When N.C. State University economist Mike Walden speaks to groups, he’s often asked how the stock market is going to do. In this episode, he discusses the 2014 outlook.

Factors affecting earnings

When it comes to comparisons of salaries earned by households at different rungs on the economic ladder, what do we need to keep in mind? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

What makes for effective schools?

Improving K-12 student performance is a long-term priority for government at all levels. As a school teacher for more than 30 years, host Mary Walden asks husband Dr. Mike Walden what can be done to accomplish this goal.

Do households have more breathing room?

Household spending accounts for almost 70 percent of the nation’s economic activity. But before the recession, households were overloaded with debt and payments on that debt. But N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says conditions have improved tremendously.

Do mergers always lead to price increases?

Many fliers are worried about what the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways will mean for airfares. And this raises the general question, What have mergers of large national companies ultimately done to the prices consumers pay? With less competition, shouldn’t prices rise? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

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