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July 2012

Jul 31, 2012

The wealth of nations

The book “The Wealth of Nations” is one of the most famous economics volumes ever written. But when we take the title literally and look at what really composes national wealth, what do we see? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. 

Jul 30, 2012

Inaugural Horticultural Science Summer Institute is an activity-packed success

This summer, 15 high-school sophomores and juniors found out what it’s like to study horticultural science at N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

Jul 30, 2012

NC 4-H'ers compete in forestry invitational

Four North Carolina 4-H'ers and their coach were among youth from 15 states competing in the 33rd National 4-H Forestry Invitational, held July 22-26 in West Virginia. Teams from Tennessee, Alabama and New York placed first, second and third, respectively. 

Jul 30, 2012

State recession recoveries

Economies vary from state to state, and so it should not be surprising that states have progressed at different rates in the recovery from the recession. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what factors seem to be related to states’ progress. 

Jul 27, 2012

What’s wrong with the economy?

This was the year the economy was supposed to hit its stride and to really begin to pull out of the hole dug during the recession. But instead the opposite has happened. The economy has slowed and is dangerously close to another recession. What happened? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. 

Jul 26, 2012

N.C. State Turfgrass Field Day is Aug. 8

Experts from North Carolina State University will discuss a range of topics related to growing and maintaining turfgrass Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the annual Turfgrass Field Day. 

Jul 26, 2012

Student debt

The one type of debt that has continued to rise during the recession is debt from student loans. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the trend. 

Jul 25, 2012

Worker incentives

Companies want to get the most out of their workers. This goal has created a long-time issue of how to structure worker pay and other incentives in order to promote the best productivity. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at new research on the question. 

Jul 24, 2012

CAALS-3D provides summer research experience

For 44 high school students, the summer of 2012 included a week in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences laboratories learning about subjects ranging from plant breeding to biofuels. 

Jul 24, 2012

Improving household balance sheets

The recession has had a dramatic impact on household wealth and debt. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives an update on where these important financial measures stand.