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Mike Walden

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

Jun 14, 2024

You Decide: Should We Worry About The Declining Birth Rate?

The birth rate has been falling globally and in the United States. Economist Mike Walden explores how a shrinking population could impact communities now and in the future. 

Economist Mike Walden

May 31, 2024

You Decide: Will We Soon Have a Four-Day Workweek?

The five-day workweek revolutionized daily work in the U.S. How could a shift to a four-day workweek impact industries and workers? 

cornfield in front of grain bin

May 22, 2024

Another Record: NC Agriculture’s Economic Impact Rises to $111 Billion

North Carolina agriculture's economic impact topped $100 billion for a second straight year. 

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.

Apr 19, 2024

You Decide: Why Are Jobs Increasing?

Is the booming rate of job growth sustainable? NC State economist Mike Walden looks at the factors driving a bullish labor market and whether those trends are likely to continue. 

Economist Mike Walden

Apr 5, 2024

You Decide: What’s the Future of Small Business?

Will the future be easier or harder for small businesses? NC State economist Mike Walden says the birth rate, labor costs, technology and other factors will determine the answer. 

Economist Mike Walden

Mar 22, 2024

You Decide: Can Homeownership Be Made More Affordable?

With the rising cost of housing, homeownership has become harder to achieve for many Americans. Economist Mike Walden weighs whether lower interest rates, selective locations or affordable housing initiatives are the best path forward. 

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

Mar 8, 2024

You Decide: What Are the Key Challenges for North Carolina’s Future?

Economist Mike Walden outlines some of the challenges that lie ahead for North Carolina as a growing state grappling to define future needs. 

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?