Today’s farm and factory are quite different from their predecessors. Mike Walden analyzes the economic significance of current production trends in manufacturing and farming.
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.
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.
Many forward thinkers believe we are on the cusp of another transformation in the economy. Mike Walden considers the possible areas of future economic growth that could take North Carolina along for the ride.
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.
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.
For several decades, city populations have been growing much faster than populations in rural areas and small towns. Indeed, many worry about a brain drain of the best and brightest leaving rural regions for the bright lights of the city. What’s motivating this shift? NC State University economist Mike Walden answers.
Should North Carolina offer incentives to attract a new auto-assembly factory and the benefits it could bring to the state? Mike Walden weighs the opposing viewpoints.
Over the last two decades, even before the recession, job growth has been slower in the United States than it was in earlier years. Some say that’s been the result of foreign imports. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers the evidence.
North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most non-urban states in the country. Today, the majority of North Carolinians live in urban areas – or, as some call them, metropolitan areas.