Economic Perspective

Apr 10, 2017

Economic Perspective: Is There An Age Demographic Sweet Spot?

There is a saying that demography is destiny, meaning that the age composition of the population determines much of what happens in a country. Is there an optimal age composition for a country?

Apr 3, 2017

Economic Perspective: Financial Challenges For Baby Boomers

The baby boomer generation is quickly moving into retirement. One of the biggest challenges associated with retirement is the financial aspect. How does the baby boomer generation look in terms of being financially prepared for retirement.?

Mar 27, 2017

Economic Perspective: Can Price Searching Reduce Health Care Costs?

Economists believe consumers benefit from competition in the marketplace. However, how does that apply to a marketplace as complex and intricate as healthcare? NC State University Mike Walden looks at some of the factors in the field.

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.