February 17, 2010
Analysis: Spending by consumers still accounts for the majority of economic activity. And consumer spending is sluggish because people are spending less and saving more in order to reduce debt. That means the economy will also be sluggish. A sluggish economy means jobs - even when they start to come back - will return very slowly.
February 6, 2010
Analysis: Economists think the economy is finally turning for the better. But they can be wrong. Therefore, it's important for individuals to try to track the economy themselves. NCSU economist Mike Walden spells out indicators to track.
January 25, 2010
Analysis: As one problem passes, others emerge. With the problem of the deep recession beginning to fade, the potential for higher inflation looms.
December 31, 2009
Analysis: New data from the Department of Labor offers some insight into where job growth will occur in the coming years.
December 18, 2009
Analysis: While many people believe the outlook for jobs in the U.S. is gloomy, three factors indicate otherwise. One is the innovation in the U.S. private sector. Others: Overseas wage advantages will begin to lessen, plus being physically close to customers has its advantages.
December 3, 2009
Analysis: It's said that changing the tax structure is extreme political heavy lifting. Should we - and will we - muscle our way to a new way of deriving public revenues for our state?
November 16, 2009
Opinion: NCSU economist Mike Walden says the state's economy will grow again in 2010 and 2011. Unemployment will come down in metro areas, but not everywhere.
Updated October 12, 2009
Analysis: Federal Reserve chairman says recession is ‘technically’ over, but NCSU economist Dr. Michael Walden says while production may be improving the employment sector of the economy is not.
September 28, 2009
Analysis: While basic economic concepts won't resolve the health care debate, hopefully they help illuminate some of the issues and make you more informed about the possible options.
August 23, 2009
Analysis: While understanding of several basic economic concepts won’t resolve the health care debate, hopefully they help illuminate some of the issues and make you more informed about the possible options.