Economic Perspective

Mar 20, 2017

Economic Perspective: The Size of the Federal Government

The size of the federal government and its spending remains a highly debated subject. But over time, as economies grow or shrink, how should one measure the size of the federal government's spending? NC State University economist Mike Walden presents a few examples on how to measure this subject.

Mar 6, 2017

Economic Perspective: Is It Better For The Dollar To Be Strong Or Weak?

People have asked before whether it is better to have a strong or weak dollar. Is there a situation where one is more beneficial than the other? NC State University economist Mike Walden looks at both sides of the topic.

Feb 27, 2017

Economic Perspective: Will Home Buying Rebound?

The percent of households who own a home has been sliding for a decade. It currently sits at around 65 percent. Is the decline in home owning part of a long term trend or is it temporary? NC State University economist Mike Walden looks at the issue.

Feb 20, 2017

Economic Perspective: Economic Power of the President

Any president faces several constraints when trying to manage the economy. What are those constraints, and what can the president influence through his office in regards to policy? NC State University economist Mike Walden discusses the factors that play into the economy and the president.

Feb 13, 2017

Economic Perspective: Tradeoffs in Work Schedules

Historically, the 9-to-5 work schedule was the norm. However, with evolving technology and new job markets is that still the case? NC State University economist Mike Walden presents a few studies to find out what current workers think.

Feb 6, 2017

Economic Perspective: The Pace of Automation

The rate at which automation replaces human labor in the work force has been a constantly discussed topic in economics. Yet, economists can't seem to agree on the potential rate at which the jobs will be switched out over time. Mike Walden discusses the potential trends, and what outcomes they could have for the workforce.

Jan 30, 2017

Economic Perspective: Gains from Education

As the cost of higher education continues to rise, some people are wondering if the gains of higher education still payoff in the long run. NC State University economist Mike Walden presents the numbers on what gains have been shown to follow pursuing post-high school education.

Jan 23, 2017

Economic Perspective: The Cost of Regulations

A recent study released looked to quantify the cost of regulations in the United States since 1980. What were the results and what do they mean? NC State University economist Mike Walden discusses the main points of the study.

Jan 9, 2017

Economic Perspective: Are the Kids Leaving Home?

The societal changes we’ve seen in recent years is the increase of young adults choosing to live with their parents after they have finished school. Now that the job market has been improving, is the number of young adults living at home with their parents still significant?

Dec 19, 2016

Economic Perspective: Finally, Faster Wage Growth

For several years during the economic recovery wage rates weren't increasing. However, have they started growing as of late? NC State University economist Mike Walden looks at the factors.