Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Technology on the Horizon

Many people love new gadgets. Of course many times we look at them for fun, but these gadgets — or (to be more formal) technology — can change our lives, says host Mary Walden. She asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “What do experts say might be game changing technology or gadgets we may soon see?”

The Importance of Innovation

I’ve been hearing a lot about innovation recently and how it is so crucial to our economy, says host Mary Walden. She asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “What exactly is innovation, and why should we focus on it?”

Is Telecommuting Increasing?

I remember a couple of decades ago when the computer and internet first burst upon the scene, many futurists said people would eventually work out of their homes. This doesn’t appear to have happened, says host Mary Walden. “What has happened to telecommuting?” she asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

Suggestions for Supporting Work

I think there are two goals that just about everyone can agree on — encouraging work and reducing poverty, says host Mary Walden. Now I understand that leaders from across the political spectrum may be coming together on a plan to do both, she says. “What is it?” she asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

Has Wealth Increased for Everyone?

The Federal Reserve recently released its latest wealth report, and it was upbeat, says host Mary Walden. “Does this mean we should all be happy?” she asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

The Apartment Boom

Traditionally we have been a country of home owners with about two-thirds of households owning rather than renting, says host Mary Walden. But I understand this might be changing. “What’s happening?” she asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

Challenges for Homebuyers

Last year seemed to be a good one for the housing market. By one measure prices were up at double digit rates, says host Mary Walden. Foreclosures were down, and there were more buyers, she says. “But are there any negatives you and others see in the housing recovery?” Walden asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

World agricultural boom

Host Mary Walden says, the United States has always been known as a rich agricultural country with good land and growing conditions and smart farmers. She asks her husband, N.C. State economist Mike Walden, have these attributes of farming spread to the rest of the world?

Inflation and the job market

We need more jobs in this country, yet most of us also would like low inflation, says host Mary Walden, adding that there’s a theory in economics suggesting that higher inflation would actually create more jobs. She asks her husband, economist Mike Walden, How so?

To trade or hold?

The investment world has been looking better recently, according to host Mary Walden. Of course it’s always subject to ups and downs. This raises the question of how an investor should deal with market fluctuations. She asks her husband, economist Mike Walden, should the investor try to anticipate changes and move money accordingly or just let his investments ride?

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