Posts Tagged ‘economy’

You Decide: How are we doing?

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

Soon It will be five years since the bottom of the economic recession. Is the economy is better today than it was five years ago, and, if so, how much better? Mike Walden looks at some of the key economic measures, particularly for North Carolina.

Can gray become green in rural regions?

Many older adults move when they retire, while many rural areas are lagging in economic growth. Host Mary Walden asks her husband, NC State University economist Mike Walden, “Can these two facts be put together to create economic improvement?”

Why have gas prices jumped?

Gas prices rose about 40 cents a gallon between last November and this spring. There are always many theories explaining movements in gas prices, says host Mary Walden. Which one makes most sense to you, she asks her husband, NC State University economist Dr. Mike Walden.

You Decide: Can gray become green in rural areas?

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

While the migration of retired households can be interesting as a social and demographic phenomenon, there also can be important economic implications: Attracting retired households can be a form of economic development.

The most innovative times?

We’ve seen many changes in everyday living during the past two decades, with computers, the Internet and smart phones, says host Mary Walden. And more changes appear to be coming in information technology, robotics and even driverless cars. She asks her husband, NC State economist Dr. Mike Walden, “Have we ever seen so much dramatic change before in our history?”

You Decide: Do we live in the most interesting times?

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

It’s popular to say we live in a fast-paced, highly connected, ever-shifting world. But a strong case can be made for that world actually occurring 90 years ago.

The Keynesian prescription

Though most people are unfamiliar with the names of economists, the name John Maynard Keynes may generate some interest, says host Mary Walden. Keynes is associated with government stimulus programs, which are very controversial. She asks her husband, N.C. State economist Mike Walden to give a thumbnail summary of Keynes’ ideas.

The gender pay gap

Recently “equal pay day” was celebrated to highlight the continuing difference between average salaries of male workers compared to female workers. Females earn less, although the difference has been gradually shrinking over time. Host Mary Walden asks her husband N.C. State economist Mike Walden, why should there be a difference at all in what males and females earn?

Psychology and Money

You obviously majored in economics in college, whereas my focus was education and psychology. Yet you and I had a recent conversation that brought economics and psychology together, and it involved money, says host Mary Walden, who tells her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “Your comments fascinated me. Give our listeners a summary.”

Will the Best Job Measure Stand Up?

Every month, when they are released, the job numbers receive a tremendous amount of scrutiny. Analysts focus on two measures: the unemployment rate and the number of jobs created. But some economists say neither is the best gauge of the job market, says host Mary Walden. “What do they say is?” she asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

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