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June 2014

Jun 30, 2014

Falling income from working

New statistics just released show that the proportion of households’ financial resources from working is at a thirty-year low, host Mary Walden says. She asks her husband, NC State economist Mike Walden, “What kind of resources have taken up the slack?” 

Jun 26, 2014

CALS announces new department heads

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University has announced leadership changes in six of its departments, with the appointments of three new department heads and three interim department heads. 

Jun 23, 2014

NC State wins one of Obama’s “100,000 Strong” innovation grants

North Carolina State University is one of nine universities from throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America to win a “100,000 Strong in the Americas” innovation grant in the amount of $25,000, given by the U.S. Department of State; Partners of the Americas; and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. 

Jun 23, 2014

Marriage and income

Finding a life mate is both exciting and fun, but also sometimes difficult, says host Mary Walden. “Has anything changed economically speaking in the search for a soul mate?” she asks her husband, NC State economist Mike Walden. 

Jun 20, 2014

You Decide: Is Small the New Big?

The advantages of bigness in companies may be changing, says Dr. Mike Walden. And the most significant game-changer helping small firms today may be technology. 

Jun 19, 2014

North Carolina 4-H Congress delegates come to Raleigh on Saturday

State 4-H Congress will be in Raleigh June 21-24, attracting 541 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. At State 4-H Congress, youth will choose between traditional 4-H Congress activities and two learning tracks on citizenship and leadership. 

Jun 16, 2014

Resource revolution

Economists wonder where the “next big thing” will be. That is, what will be the next industry that will employ people and create growth? I understand some people say it may be an industry that creates a positive out of a negative, says host Mary WaIden. She asks her husband, NC State economist Mike Walden, “What is it?” 

Jun 9, 2014

Voting with their feet

There’s a theory in economics that says if residents are unhappy with their local taxes, they will be more likely to move. Host Mary Walden asks her husband, NC State economist Mike Walden, “Is there any evidence supporting this idea?” 

Jun 6, 2014

Research stations receive new equipment

Agricultural research in North Carolina got a boost this year from $2.5 million in state funds allocated to upgrade equipment at the state’s network of research stations. Recently, state and university officials gathered at Clayton’s Central Crops Research Station to demonstrate some of the new equipment that will help modernize agricultural experiments across the state. 

Jun 6, 2014

You Decide: How are we doing?

Soon It will be five years since the bottom of the economic recession. Is the economy is better today than it was five years ago, and, if so, how much better? Mike Walden looks at some of the key economic measures, particularly for North Carolina.