Posts Tagged ‘Extension’

Soft skills vs. hard skills

With a new focus on education today, there’s a sense that individuals need training in areas businesses want. Host Mary Walden asked if having a degree or certification in a valued area of study is all it takes to be successful in the job market. Her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, responds.

You Decide: How important is innovation?

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

Innovations are important to our personal well-being for two reasons. First, they allow us to do things we could never do before, like traveling faster, beating disease and illness, and talking to someone across the country or around the world. But perhaps more fundamentally, innovations allow us to do more with less.

The Fed’s plan

Host Mary Walden asks about the new Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen, who recently gave her first congressional testimony as head of the nation’s central bank. Mary asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “Did Janet Yellen indicate what the Fed’s plan for monetary policy will be?”

Can financial crisis be avoided?

“Fortunately we are now several years past the virtual collapse of our financial system in 2008,” says host Mary Walden. “Lending has gradually been increasing, and legislation has been enacted to try to prevent future downturns.” She asks husband N.C. State University economist Mike Walden why some analysts say this won’t prevent a repeat sometime in the future.

The new health law and jobs

Host Mary Walden asks about the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which has the task of analyzing the economic impacts of federal programs, and recently issued a report, saying that the new healthcare law — the Affordable Care Act — could actually lead to fewer jobs in the economy. Needless to say this report has been debated and analyzed ever since its release. She asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, to help us understand this report.

New thoughts on retirement planning

The traditional recommendation for the investment of a retiree’s money was to move away from riskier investments and focus on “save assets” to preserve their nest egg, says host Mary Walden. “But now I understand some financial experts say this might not be the best approach. What are they saying?” she asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

A new manufacturing paradigm

Host Mary Walden quotes economists as saying that manufacturing is in a transition phase; indeed, they say there is a new model or paradigm for manufacturing of the future. She asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “What is this model and what does it mean for the U.S. and North Carolina?”

Slow job growth

The good news is that the economy is adding jobs; but the bad news is that the job gains appear to be on the low end by historical standards, says host Mary Walden. She asks her husband, economist Mike Walden, “Do we have an easy answer as to why?”

Extension Centennial Celebrations to be held in May

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Mark your calendars now to join N.C. Cooperative Extension for two centennial celebrations May 19 and 20. Extension employees, as well as county stakeholders and partners are invited to attend.

Economic clusters

Host Mary Walden asks about a buzz phrase heard often in discussions about economic development — economic clusters. Her husband N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

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