Economic Perspective

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.

Apr 24, 2017

Economic Perspective: Higher Housing Costs in Cities

The cost of housing in cities seems to constantly be housing. What, if anything, can be done about the rising home and rent prices?

Apr 17, 2017

Economic Perspective: Aging and Spending

It's a fact that we are an aging society. What does that mean for spending in the economy as habits change over time? NC State University economist Mike Walden looks at those changes and their implications.

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.