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Mike Walden

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Dec 2, 2022

You Decide: Is Economics About More Than Inflation and Jobs?

The economics world is vast, yet a few topics tend to dominate the discussion. What are some other key aspects of economics, and how do they affect you in everyday life? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Nov 18, 2022

You Decide: Where Can We Cut Back?

When money is tight, people look for areas to cut back on their expenses to help stretch their dollars. What are some tactics and principles consumers should consider when looking at their finances? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Nov 4, 2022

You Decide: Is Manufacturing Making a Comeback?

North Carolina used to host a booming manufacturing economy that waned with the growth of international trade. Are there signs of the tides shifting again? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

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? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Oct 7, 2022

You Decide: Do We First Need Economic Pain to Have Economic Gain?

Will we have to endure the economic pain of a recession before we receive the economic gain of lower inflation? Economist Mike Walden shares his insight. 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Sep 23, 2022

You Decide: Is the Social Safety Net a Spring Board or a Cushion?

There are few public issues that create more debate than the social safety net. What is it and how does it affect North Carolina's economy? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Sep 9, 2022

You Decide: Should the Fed Stop Influencing Interest Rates?

The Federal Reserve keeps a close eye on the inflation rate and has some tools in its kit to deal address arising issues. How have those tools been used in the past, and what are they doing now? 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Aug 26, 2022

You Decide: Will We Have the First Full Employment Recession?

Recessions have multiple factors that go into defining them, but what happens when some traditional metrics don't measure up? Economist Mike Walden looks at the current numbers and what they mean for us. 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

Aug 12, 2022

You Decide: Should We Use Incentives to Attract Firms?

Incentives are often used in attracting businesses to states. What is entailed in these packages, and how do they work? 

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh

Jul 29, 2022

You Decide: Should We Worry About Fewer Youth Working?

The percentage of young people entering the workforce has been steadily declining in recent decades. What's driving this trend and what is it driving towards?