Economic Perspective: The Productivity-Compensation Gap
One of the big issues in the labor market is the apparent disconnect between productivity and compensation, but has that been the case over the years?
Economic Perspective: Buying Versus Renting
Buying a home may be the biggest purchase someone will make, but some seem to be forgoing that in favor of renting. Does this mean owning a home is no longer a good investment?
Economic Perspective: Fed Nominees and the Battle Over Policy
The nominations for two vacancies in the Federal Reserve are forthcoming. Why is this important, and what kind of policy debates can spring up from this?
Economic Perspective: Are Consumers Doing Their Part?
Consumer spending accounts of 70 percent of total economic activity in the country. Is it currently part of the problem or solution for the slow rate of economic growth?
Economic Perspective: School Quality and Home Values
Is there a link between school quality and home values? NC State University economist Mike Walden presents a few studies on the matter.
Economic Perspective: Retiring to a College Town
This week, NC State University economist Mike Walden looks at retirees, and the pros and cons for them living in a college town.
Economic Perspective: Economic Update – First Quarter
NC State University economist Mike Walden breaks down some of the data looking at the economy in the first quarter of 2017.
Economic Perspective: The Net Return From College Majors
A recent study ranked college majors when taking the pay a student will earn upon graduation and combining it with the costs of that major. Mike Walden unpacks the study results.
Economic Perspective: Territorial Versus Global Business Taxation
One of the elements of the unveiled tax plan is moving from taxing business revenues on a global business to taxing them on a territorial basis. What does this mean and why should the average person care?”
Economic Perspective: The Staying Power of Tobacco
Consumer preferences and restrictions on smoking have combined to reduce tobacco use in recent years. Does this mean tobacco has become unprofitable?