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June 2013

Jun 28, 2013

China invests in the U.S.

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the recent purchase by a Chinese company of Smithfield Foods, a large agribusiness company specializing in pork with operations in North Carolina. 

Jun 27, 2013

Did unemployment benefits keep unemployment high?

N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses whether the extension of unemployment benefits during the recession actually increased unemployment by motivating some workers to stay unemployed longer. 

Jun 26, 2013

Paying for fuel efficiency

As gas prices increase, the value of vehicles getting more miles per gallon also increases. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses whether car buyers are willing to pay more for fuel efficient vehicles related to what they might save in fuel costs? 

Jun 25, 2013

CALS Sustainability Office kicks off Pollinator Health Initiative with meet-and-greet event

As part of National Pollinator Week, the CALS Office of Sustainability Programs hosted a meet-and-greet event for its new Pollinator Health Initiative on June 21 at E.S. King Village in Raleigh. The event – which was attended by residents of E.S. King Village, CALS faculty and staff, and industry partners – was designed to help raise awareness about pollinator health issues. 

Jun 25, 2013

Our wealth

When most people think about the economy, they naturally think about jobs and income, but wealth is also an important economic concept. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden defines wealth and provides the latest measure of wealth. 

Jun 24, 2013

Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue

During 4-H Congress this year, the outdoor cookery competitions -- which included grilling pork, beef, chicken and turkey -- were held on N.C. State University’s Court of North Carolina, right in the middle of main campus and just a stone’s throw from the university’s bell tower. All morning, the smells of barbecue rolled along Hillsborough Street. 

Jun 24, 2013

Overseas production

It’s well known that many U.S. companies have shifted some of their production to other countries, and there’s a general assumption that this has been done to reduce labor costs. Does this appear to be the actual major reason? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. 

Jun 21, 2013

YOU DECIDE: Are interest rates headed higher?

Are interest rates headed up? Will they remain low? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the factors that influence interest rates. 

Jun 21, 2013

Is pay keeping up with prices?

As the number of jobs in the economy continues to rise, more people are concerned about what those jobs pay. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses what is happening to average wages and salaries. 

Jun 20, 2013

State 4-H Congress comes to Raleigh for four days of fun

State 4-H Congress will be in Raleigh June 22-26, attracting 521 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.