Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Christmas spending forecasts

It’s that time of year again. People are in the midst of their holiday shopping. For many businesses, this is a make-it-or-break-it time. North Carolina State University’s Dr. Mike Walden explains how economists think this holiday buying season will shape up.

Oil economics

Oil has been in the news recently, but in a good way: Oil prices have been dropping and taking gasoline and other fuel prices with them. This is dramatically different than even just a few years ago, when oil and gas prices were rising. What has happened to bring oil prices down? And will it continue? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Competition and insurance premiums

Amid the public discussion of health insurance costs and the Affordable Care Act’s impact on these costs, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers the role of competition in containing costs.

Quantitative un-easing

The Federal Reserve took extraordinary steps to try to contain the negative effects of the recession. Does the Federal Reserve have to worry about how to move back from these steps now that the recession is past? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

What will oil producers do?

To drivers’ delight, gas prices have dropped to around $3 a gallon. Many thought this day would never come. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why the drop happened and whether lower prices will continue.

Taxing wireless service

When most people think of taxes, they think of income taxes and sales taxes. But there are also many services we buy that carry taxes as part of the bill. And if we ignore the fine print on the bill, we may not even know we’re paying a tax. NC State University economist Mike Walden discusses a good example – wireless telephone service.

Dive in the Dow

Recently the stock market has seen big fluctuations. Of course, investors are happy when the fluctuation is on the up side, but they worry when the various market indices, such as the Dow Jones Average, plunge. NC State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what’s driving today’s stock market concerns.

Evaluating teachers’ impact

Economic Perspective host and retired elementary school teacher Mary Walden says the topic of teachers’ impact is important to her. “We all know teaching and teachers are vitally important to children’s academic success,” she says. “But there’s always been the problem of measuring the impact. What are some of the problems in measuring teacher impact, as well as ways of overcoming these problems?” Her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, answers.

Will North Carolina continue to urbanize?

Forty years ago North Carolina was the nation’s fourth most rural state, but today more than 60 percent of the state’s people live in urban areas. What happened? And, will it continue? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Cyclical or structural?

Many issues in today’s economy are blamed on the recession. This means solutions focus on actions that would speed the recovery from the recession. But, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, this focus might be misguided.

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