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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as Food Stamps, rose by almost 20 million people in recent years. Was the jump due to the economy — or were there other factors at work? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.
Economic production fell less than the employment dropped in the recession, implying that worker productivity increased. Traditionally thinking holds that this was because businesses kept their hardest-working individuals and let go of their least productive ones. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses with host Mary Walden whether this is true.
Many of those concerned about the economy have focused recently on the unemployment rate and jobs. Perhaps an equally important issue is pay. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains that, over the past five years, salaries have not kept up with inflation.
To say that the new affordable care act has sparked controversy is an understatement, especially over consumer issues such as insurance costs and access to doctors and insurance. But some issues come from the producers’ or suppliers’ side, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.
It’s been said that if you ask 10 economists a question, you’ll get 10 answers. As economists look into their crystal balls for 2014, what are their alternative views on the economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers. “There really are probably 10 opinions for every 10 economists, but there really are two main [...]