Posts Tagged ‘economy’

Did the stimulus work?

Even five years past the recession, there’s still debate about the federal stimulus plan begun in 2009. Some say it was essential to preventing the recession from being worse than it was, while others say it was a waste of money. Is there any resolution to this debate? NC State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

You Decide: Are there easy answers to key economic questions?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Mike Walden provides answers to the four economic questions asked most often by his audiences statewide.

Okun’s law

In most disciplines the word law is reserved for really important relationships or findings. In economics, there is something called Okun’s Law. NC State University economist Mike Walden explains what it means.

Hundreds turn out to celebrate Ag Awareness Day

Podium shot with five people

March 18 was an historic day, as an estimated 1,600 people turned out at the state capital in downtown Raleigh to celebrate and raise awareness of agriculture in North Carolina, a $78 billion business, and new efforts to grow N.C. agriculture to a $100 billion industry.

It’s demand, not supply

The housing market has definitely improved during the past couple of years, yet Federal Reserve data indicate mortgage loans are still rather weak. North Carolina State University economist Mike Walden examples the reasons.

You Decide: Is the economy good or bad?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Mike Walden looks at the factors at play in unemployment measurement, job market evaluation and household wealth analysis — and how they influence a half-full or half-empty perception of economic well-being.

Depreciation

People have to pay many expenses – such as food, energy, clothing and, for businesses, salaries and wages – on a regular basis. But North Carolina State University economist Mike Walden says there’s another expense that’s often overlooked.

The Google announcement

Google made big news recently when the tech giant announced it would bring super-high speed internet service to the Triangle and Charlotte regions. NC State University economist Mike Walden comments on the significance of that announcement.

You Decide: Should We Borrow for Roads and Buildings?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

Mike Walden explains why borrowing makes sense, when it comes to durable spending for long-lived projects.

Who’s benefiting from the economic recovery?

There’s been a lot of optimism about the economy recently, with both production and jobs increasing at good rates. But how widespread is this economic improvement? NC State University economist Mike Walden answers.

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