Economic Perspective

Jul 10, 2017

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?

Jul 3, 2017

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?

Jun 26, 2017

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.

Jun 19, 2017

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.

Jun 12, 2017

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.

Jun 5, 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.

May 22, 2017

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?”

May 15, 2017

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?

May 8, 2017

Economic Perspective: College Completion Rates

Graduation happens at the end of every school year. How do factors like transferring universities or being a part-time student affect tracking graduation numbers? NC State University economist Mike Walden explains.

May 1, 2017

Economic Perspective: Employment In Small and Big Businesses

It's generally accepted that small businesses generate much of the new jobs in our economy, but that hasn't been the case since the Great Recession. NC State University economist Mike Walden lays out some of the factors.