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Dec 30, 2022

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. 

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Dec 16, 2022

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? 

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Oct 21, 2022

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? 

Nov 22, 2013

YOU DECIDE: Should you celebrate the Fed’s birthday?

Should we celebrate of condemn the Federal Reserve? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the often controversial federal agency. 

Nov 8, 2013

YOU DECIDE: Does the cost-of-living vary by where you live?

There are no official cost-of-living rates for states and most localities, but there are ways to determine cost-of-living. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains. 

Jul 19, 2013

YOU DECIDE: Can inflation be too low?

We usually worry about rapidly rising prices when we think about inflation. But N.C. State University economist explains that inflation can also be a problem if it's too low. 

Oct 12, 2012

YOU DECIDE: How would you grade the Fed?

The Federal Reserve has been front and center when in comes to both policies and debates related to the economy in recent years. But what exactly is the Federal Reserve, what does it do and what impacts can it have? Mike Walden discusses. 

Aug 15, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Can we agree on the economy?

In an election year, it seems there's very little on which we can agree. But Mike Walden says there is substantial agreement among policy makers about what's needed to make the economy function more smoothly. 

Mar 30, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Can economics predict presidential elections?

The nation's economic condition plays a role in presidential elections, but can economics predict the outcome of presidential elections? Mike Walden discusses.