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Posts tagged “Mike Walden”

March 20

Premium Lock Mike Walden: You decide how important is innovation?

Mike Walden Opinion: Research suggests innovation increases when the economy is confronted with major questions. If accurate, then we may be on the cusp of a new flurry of innovative activity.

Updated February 17

Premium Lock Why does N.C. unemployment remain so high?

Unemployment   Possible reasons are numerous. However, economists are now thinking that a major reason for slow job growth is a skills mismatch. That is, many workers are unemployed because they don't have the skills and training employers want. There is some thinking that with the development of information technology and digital applications, the skills mismatch may have expanded in recent years.

January 3

Premium Lock Mike Walden: Up, down or sideways - what direction will the economy go in 2014?

Economy Analysis: My calendar is already booked solid for presentations about the economic future all around North Carolina. I always open my talks with a well-worn joke - that economists are better at predicting the past than the future. After the laughter subsides, I make the serious point that economic forecasting has a high error rate, especially when the forecasts are for specific numbers like the jobless rate, new jobs created and the change in spending. However, economists are much better at recognizing and predicting general economic trends. So, let me begin with economic trends for 2014. I - and most economists - see several good trends.

December 31, 2013

Premium Lock NCSU economist Walden forecasts job growth in economic outlook

N.C. State University economist Michael Walden forecasts improving economic conditions and job growth in the coming months. Read more from the executive summary of his winter economic outlook report.

Employment chart from Walden's Winter 2013 Economic Outlook Employment chart from Walden's Winter 2013 Economic Outlook

August 9, 2013

Premium Lock Statistics: What's the best gauge for North Carolina's economy?

Economy Opinion: We rely on economic statistics to give us an idea of what's occurring, says NCSU economist Mike Walden. But there are lots of economic numbers and measures. What do they mean, and what are they saying about our state's economy today?

July 9, 2013

Premium Lock You decide: What ails North Carolina's economy?

Economy struggles Opinion: Economic trends that benefitted North Carolina's urban areas have battered rural regions, says N.C. State economics professor Mike Walden. Read Walden's analysis.

January 22, 2013

Premium Lock What state policies can boost economic growth in NC?

Analysis: There are actions North Carolina public leaders can take to improve the long-run competitive position of the state and to gain both jobs and income. These actions revolve around the two broad areas that state government directly controls -- state taxes and state spending.

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December 17, 2012

Premium Lock At the fiscal cliff: Trying to make sense of deficits, debts and all that

State of the economy Analysis:. As 2012 comes to a close, the nation is focused on discussions and debates about the fiscal cliff and efforts to tame the federal government's financial affairs. In this discussion, there have been many terms, concepts, ideas and relationships bandied about, many times not in a very understandable way.

December 3, 2012

Premium Lock Election may be over, but economy remains a big, big issue

Politics Analysis:. The economy -- and particularly jobs -- was clearly the top issue during the political campaigns. Two big questions now face the office winners. What is the condition of the economy? And what, if anything, can government do to quickly improve the economy?

October 29, 2012

Premium Lock Can economists' forecasts really predict the future?

Economy Analysis:. Let me be the first to say I'm totally flattered when asked for my forecasts. And, like most of my colleagues, I certainly have forecasts and am willing to give them. Yet I always say to take my or any economist's projections not with a grain of salt, but with a ton!

Updated October 18, 2012

Premium Lock You Decide: How would you grade the Fed?

Federal Reserve Building What exactly is the Federal Reserve, what does it do, and what impacts can it have? Dr. Mike Walden from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension has a few ideas to let You Decide the answers.

October 12, 2012

Premium Lock Saluting William Friday, 'greatest man of our generation'

Opinion: "He is the greatest man of our generation," former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt said of William Friday, who died early Friday. His home state owes Friday a huge debt of gratitude.

Former UNC President William Friday Former UNC President William Friday

Updated September 29, 2012

Premium Lock Are you better off today? Facts do paint a mixed picture

Economy Analysis: In general, the economy has improved in the last two years, but whether we're back to where we were prior to the recession depends on which indicator is examined. In answering the better-off question, know what is being measured, the time period being covered and why. This will lead to a better you decide.

August 31, 2012

Premium Lock Debating Medicare's future: How can it be saved?

Economy Analysis: Government spending for Medicare has been jumping off the charts and soon could comprise an unsustainable chunk of the federal budget. Therefore, all plans to slow the growth of government spending and borrowing have to address Medicare. The big question, of course, is how?

Updated August 27, 2012

Premium Lock Economic concerns cross party lines, but solutions don't

Economy Analysis: Behind the scenes there actually is substantial agreement about what's needed in the economy, especially from our public policy makers? Well, the good news is there is agreement in at least six areas (by my count) that span the economic and political divides.

Updated August 7, 2012

Premium Lock Is our state an economic leader or a laggard?

North Carolina  Analysis: There is worry today that the North Carolina economic miracle has waned. Income per person in the state, relative to income per person in the nation, began dropping in the late 1990s and is now in the upper 80 percent range. The state's unemployment rate -- perhaps the most watched economic indicator -- surged during the recession to be one of the highest in the country and has been above 9 percent for more than 40 consecutive months. But a look inside the numbers muddies the waters.

Updated July 23, 2012

Premium Lock Today's job seekers need more education, training

Jobs coming back, survey says Two new reports present a challenging future for the job market. Still, we shouldn't throw up our hands and conclude nothing can be done. While tactics and perspectives may have to be changed, there are some credible ideas and paths for job creation that are worthy of consideration. But you decide if they should be followed.

Updated July 16, 2012

Premium Lock Are we really getting straight scoop about inflation?

Inflation next challenge? Analysis: The skepticism about the reported inflation rate revolves around three questions. Does it include everything we typically buy or are some important products omitted? Does it match everyone's personal experience? And why does it often seem prices are rising faster than what the official inflation rate suggests?

Updated July 15, 2012

Premium Lock As William Friday turns 92, N.C. should say 'Thank you'

Opinion: More than any other single individual in the second half of 20th century, William Friday has helped shape the transformation of our state from an agricultural and manufacturing economy driven by tobacco, textiles and furniture to a global competitor that fosters and is fueled by innovation in information technology, bioscience and world-class research, as well as the emerging fields of social entrepreneurship and public service.

Former UNC President William Friday Former UNC President William Friday

Updated July 9, 2012

Premium Lock Are our personal finances back in order?

Wealth Analysis: The conclusion from all this number crunching is that personal finances are in much better shape today than they have been in years. Wealth has returned, household debt payments as a percent of disposable income are back to 1990 levels, delinquencies and late payments are down, and homeowners' equity is beginning to rise. Certainly, many households are still not financially secure, but on average they are moving in a positive direction.

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