Posts Tagged ‘Extension’

Comparing local economies

Host Mary Walden says that people often compare local economies, like Charlotte and Raleigh or Wilmington and Asheville. Often, these comparisons show big differences. Her husband, N.C. State economist Mike Walden explains why.

Cooperative Extension’s history featured on UNC-TV

Women canning food outside

UNC-TV’s North Carolina NOW has aired the first in a series of stories about the history and programs of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s centennial.

Risky jobs?

Despite rules and regulations governing the workplace, all jobs aren’t the same when it comes to risk, says host Mary Walden. Some are just inherently more risking than others. She asks her husband, N.C. State economist Mike Walden, “If everything else were equal, it seems like people would rather take safer jobs. Why don’t they?”

‘Creative destructionism’

Change is sometimes very hard to deal with, especially in the economy where it seems like we are constantly seeing some companies and jobs destroyed while new ones are created, says host Mary Walden. She asks her husband, N.C. State economist Mike Walden, “Is this a new phenomenon?”

Partnerships between CALS and commodity groups celebrated at ‘essential check-in’ meeting

Dr. John Dole (left), head of the CALS Department of Horticultural Science, and Dr. Tom Monaco, CALS Commodity Relations director, get together with Jim Saylor, president of the N.C. Apple Growers Association, at the March 11 meeting.

Leaders representing 50 of the state’s commodity groups and agriculturally related organizations were in attendance March 11 at a meeting hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. One of the main objectives for the meeting was to strengthen relationships and identify collaborative ways to meet the needs of the state, nation and world.

Gender unemployment gaps

Host Mary Walden points out that issues in the labor market have not impacted everyone equally. One difference we see today is that the jobless rate for men is higher than that for women. She asks her husband and N.C. State economist Mike Walden, “Is this unusual when we look around the world?”

Avoiding Japan’s economy

Economists say Japan’s economy has been in a major slump for much of the past 15 years, says host Mary Walden. Some say that there are parallel trends in the U.S. economy and Japan’s. She asks her husband, N.C. State economist Mike Walden, “Can we or will we avoid where Japan has been?”

Measuring inflation

The rise in prices that economists call “inflation” affects everyone, says host Mary Walden. Recent government reports suggest inflation is tame, averaging between 1 percent and 2 percent annually. But there are critics who say the government mismeasures inflation. She asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “Are their complaints valid?”

Demography and the economy

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden and his colleagues are always searching for factors that can help predict various economic conditions such as growth, spending and inflation. Host Mary Walden says this can be complicated, but one element stands above all others in its predictive power. What is it?

Has income mobility stalled?

Host Mary Walden says that one of the positive points about our country is the ability of people to move up the income ladder. Someone born poor could become a millionaire in their lifetime. But some say this is no longer possible or at least the income ladder has become harder to climb. She asks her husband, economist Mike Walden, “What does the evidence say?”

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