You Decide: Is the Labor Market Returning to Normal?
While the pandemic upended the labor market, long-term trends are also at work in our ever-changing economy.
You Decide: How Worrisome is the National Debt?
With national debt in the headlines again, NC State economist Mike Walden explains how the federal government borrows money and what can be done about the debt.
You Decide: Has There Been Some Good News on Income Inequality?
One of the most significant economic issues of our time has been widening income inequality. The COVID-19 pandemic and demographics have caused income inequality to narrow nationally, but what about North Carolina?
You Decide: How Can We Fix the Labor Market?
Economist Mike Walden shares the issues in today’s labor market and his outlook on the future of how we learn and work.
You Decide: Can Economics Help You Survive 2023?
2023 will be a challenging year for the economy. Learn about some economist-approved financial strategies to use when confronted with fast-rising prices and reductions in income.
You Decide: Will 2023 Be Naughty or Nice?
As 2022 ends and 2023 begins, we face two economic challenges: inflation and recession. Will inflation return to normal in 2023, and will it take a recession to do so?
You Decide: If Inflation Subsides, is Everything OK?
Inflation weighs on everyone's minds right now. What do the recent fluctuations mean for now, and the coming years?
You Decide: Do We First Need Economic Pain To Have Economic Gain?
Will we have to endure the economic pain of a recession before we receive the economic gain of lower inflation? Economist Mike Walden shares his insight.
You Decide: Is the Social Safety Net a Spring Board or a Cushion?
There are few public issues that create more debate than the social safety net. What is it and how does it affect North Carolina's economy?
You Decide: Will We Have the First Full Employment Recession?
Recessions have multiple factors that go into defining them, but what happens when some traditional metrics don't measure up? Economist Mike Walden looks at the current numbers and what they mean for us.