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Mike Walden

Aerial view of Belltower and downtown Raleigh to the east of campus.

Jan 14, 2022

You Decide: How Deep is Our Economic Divide?

There will always be differing ideas on how the economy should be handled. How have economists viewed it in the past and what do they consider when looking forward? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Dec 31, 2021

You Decide: Will 2022 Be a Boom, Bust or in Between?

With 2021 behind us, what possibilities does the 2022 economy hold for us? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Dec 17, 2021

You Decide: Is It Cheaper to Live In North Carolina?

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released cost-of-living numbers for the year 2019. How does North Carolina stack up to the country and neighboring states? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Dec 3, 2021

You Decide: How Has The Economic Pie and Its Slices Changed?

The economic pie is a device often used to give context to how the economy has grown over time. How have the slices in North Carolina been changing? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Nov 19, 2021

You Decide: Can A Wage-Price Spiral Be Avoided?

Our economy is constantly changing due to inflation and cost-of-living adjustments. What are some factors to look out for? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Nov 5, 2021

You Decide: Will There Be a Permanent Labor Shortage?

Labor shortages can have a large impact on the economy and its outcomes. How can our society adapt to changing normals? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Oct 22, 2021

You Decide: Is a Wealth Tax in Our Future?

How would a wealth tax play out if implemented and what are some possible outcomes? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Oct 8, 2021

You Decide: What Will the Fed Do?

The Federal Reserve can take a lot of actions in regards to the economy. What considerations do they have and how can they affect it? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Sep 24, 2021

You Decide: Should Economic Growth Be A Goal?

What considerations should there be when looking towards economic growth? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Sep 10, 2021

You Decide: What Made Today’s North Carolina Economy?

The economy is always changing and adapting to outside forces. How did we get to the state economy we know now, and where could we be going?