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NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

May 17, 2024

You Decide: Is ‘Greedflation’ Keeping Prices High?

Prices surged in recent years and have remained high. Mike Walden breaks down some of the factors at play. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

May 3, 2024

You Decide: Do International Investments Help or Harm?

Do international investments help or hurt a state's economy? Mike Walden breaks down the pluses and minuses. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Feb 23, 2024

You Decide: Has the State Labor Market Changed Since COVID?

Have there been significant changes to the North Carolina labor market since 2020? 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Feb 9, 2024

You Decide: What Went Right to Prevent the 2023 Recession?

Many economists predicted a recession in 2023. But consumers flipped the script on the experts. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Jan 26, 2024

You Decide: Will the Fed Be Involved in Politics in 2024?

The Federal Reserve's decisions have far reaching implications. What impacts could the Fed's actions have in an election year? 

Economist Mike Walden

Jan 12, 2024

You Decide: Are Living Costs and Inflation Lower in NC?

Economist Mike Walden weighs how inflation impacts the cost of living in North Carolina and what population growth might mean for the future. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Dec 29, 2023

You Decide: Why Stop at an Inflation Rate Target of 2%?

Economist Mike Walden weighs the potential outcomes of slowing the inflation rate to nearly zero in 2024. 

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Dr. Mike Walden working in a recording studio.

Dec 1, 2023

You Decide: Are There Answers to Difficult Family Questions

How can a family grow when finances stand in the way? It's enough to challenge even veteran NC State economist Mike Walden, who found no easy answers to a mom's recent question. 

Economist Mike Walden

Nov 17, 2023

You Decide: Is the Fed Done Raising Interest Rates?

Economist Mike Walden reflects on the Federal Reserve's handling of interest rates and what goes into the decision to raise or lower rates.