Stories From Apr 2011

Apr 29, 2011

YOU DECIDE: How should the government help people?

Alternative philosophical approaches are at the center of the debate over how to deal with the national debt. Mike Walden discusses two approaches.

Apr 29, 2011

Back to pre-boom

As the economy slowly improves. economists and others are interested in how fast many economic measures return to pre-recessionary level. One economic statistic has now returned to its pre-recessionary level -- and then some. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Apr 29, 2011

Innovative civics program earns state award

A North Carolina 4-H program in Cabarrus County was one of nine programs recently honored by the N.C. Association of County Commissioners. Earlier, the Cabarrus 4-H Citizenship Focus program earned 4-H agent Heather Jones the N.C. Center for Voter Education’s Outstanding Citizen Award for 2011.

Apr 28, 2011

Chandler Walker: Biomedical researcher in the making

One of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' top students, Chandler Walker, says N.C. State University has taught her how to be a scientist and put her on the path toward a biomedical research career.

Apr 28, 2011

Did we really pay down on debt?

Government statistics show household debt fell by over $600 billion since the start of the recession. But how much of this was involuntary debt reduction due to foreclosures and bankruptcies? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Apr 27, 2011

Gould, Atchley to receive 2010-2011 Holladay Medal

Given in recognition of an outstanding career at N.C. State University, the Holladay Medal is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the trustees and the university.

Apr 27, 2011

Suffering with gas prices

There are some things most of us have to buy, and there are others we can take or leave. I would think gas fits into the first category. What does this mean in terms of which households suffer the most when gas prices rise?

Apr 26, 2011

Hemlines and the economy

There is an old adage that says there is a relationship between women’s fashion and the economy. Hemlines rise when the economy improves and they fall when the economy sinks. Host Mary Walden asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, three questions: Why would this occur? Is it true? And can she get some new clothes out of this?

Apr 25, 2011

Military youth participate in Wolfpack baseball game

As N.C. State University’s baseball team took to the field against Wake Forest on Sunday, April 3, military youth and their families representing all branches of North Carolina’s military were on hand to participate in the second annual Military Appreciation Day Baseball Game.

Apr 25, 2011

Using tax reductions

Often during recessions, the government will cut taxes in hopes households will spend funds and revive the economy. But does this happen? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in with what research shows.