Weight and wages
There’s no doubt we, as a people, have become heavier. Both obesity rates and overweight rates are at record levels. Is there any evidence to suggest that a person’s weight has any impact on what they earn by working? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.
Prices and poverty
It’s easy to assume that most people pay the same prices for products and services they buy. In fact, this assumption is implicit in comparing how standards of living for different households change over time. But is it really accurate to say we all pay the same prices? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.
Demography and income inequality
The differences in income among various groups of households is of keen interest today, but before we make conclusions about these differences, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, it's important to look beneath the surface at underlying factors that may contribute to those differences.
Using time off
If someone loses his or her job -- as many people have in the last few years -- that unemployed person does gain something: time. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden comments on on how the unemployed use their extra time?
Why aren't banks lending?
Even for someone with a good credit rating, it's difficult now to get a loan. Why? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.
A good job report
N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says the latest all-important job report from North Carolina brought good news.
Should you buy local
There’s a movement to help the economy by buying local. The argument is this keeps money in the country and therefore creates more jobs. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden outlines the pluses and the minuses of this idea.
Hiring usually picks up around the Christmas season as retailers and other businesses gear up for the extra buying that’s expected. But with the economy still challenged and unemployment near 10 percent, will we see much additional hiring this year? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.
North Carolina's productivity
One of the ways states compete for business is on the quality of their workforce. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in on how North Carolina ranks on a key workforce measure.
Who pays for Medicare?
As our federal elected officials look for ways to reduce the growth in the national debt, big federal medical programs like Medicare have come under scrutiny. Why is Medicare being included in these discussions?