Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Improving the Panama Canal

Host Mary Walden asks about the Panama Canal – a major trade route – that is now over 100 years old. The canal is being widened, and the new version is set to open next year. She asks N.C. State economist Mike Walden, “What will this mean for our economy?”

Technology and jobs

Host Mary Walden asks if we are going through another workplace revolution related to the development and use of information technology. Economist Mike Walden responds to the question, “Do we know how this revolution will impact jobs?”

Is cheap clothing going away?

Host Mary Walden asks, “Mike, for the last couple of decades, clothing prices have been dropping relative to other prices. Their decline has at least helped families deal with rising gas and healthcare prices. But now I understand low clothing prices may soon be a thing of the past. What’s happened?”

Unemployment benefits and unemployment

Unemployment benefits were recently reduced for many people, both in North Carolina and the country. Some say this will motivate those without jobs to look harder for work and eventually get hired. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains the economic evidence that suggests this happens.

Marriage and inequality

One of the most debated topics in the country today is income inequality and the perception that it is increasing. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says one of the many reasons behind the trend may be marriage.

Disappearing banks

Host Mary Walden fondly remembers opening her first bank account. She asks about the issue of disappearing banks – why are there fewer banks today? Her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, says there are reasons why there are fewer brick-and-mortar banks today.

The two Es of investing

Host Mary Walden thinks of understanding investing and investment markets as a lifetime endeavor, and that’s why she’s attracted to investment ideas that make sense and are clear. Her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, says that one such idea is called the two Es of investing.

Does uncertainty hurt the economy?

Often if business investment is down and consumers aren’t spending enough, one of reasons given is uncertainty. But what exactly is economic uncertainty? And do we have any hard evidence on how it affects the economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

New estimates of teacher impacts

An ongoing debate about the effectiveness and importance of teachers on student performance is topic of the upcoming N.C State University Emerging Issues Forum. University economist Mike Walden discusses a study that could add to the discussion.

What’s behind the export boom?

When President Barack Obama was in North Carolina recently to announce a new innovation lab at N.C. State University, he mentioned the importance of exports to a prospering economy. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden outlines how are we doing in this aspect of international trade.

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