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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. 

Downtown Raleigh, east of campus.

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? 

Jul 5, 2013

YOU DECIDE: What ails North Carolina’s economy?

The North Carolina economy is really two economies, urban and rural. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains why this urban/rural divide may be the greatest economic challenge the state faces. 

Nov 9, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Where do we go from here?

Our newly elected political leaders face two big questions. What is the condition of the economy? And what can government do to improve the economy? Mike Walden discusses. 

Sep 14, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Are we better off today?

The question, "Are you better off today?" has become a major debate of the political campaigns. Mike Walden brings economics to bear to address this often controversial question. 

Aug 3, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Is North Carolina an economic leader or laggard?

North Carolina's economic record in recent years is complex, which makes it difficult to determine if the state is progressing or regressing economically. Mike Walden discusses. 

Jun 22, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Are our personal finances back in order?

We saw a dramatic collapse of household wealth during the recession. Are we now back on solid economic ground? Mike Walden discusses. 

May 25, 2012

YOU DECIDE: What explains North Carolina's high jobless rate?

North Carolina has the seventh highest unemployment rate in the nation. Mike Walden discusses the factors that may have contributed to the state's unusually high jobless rate. 

Mar 2, 2012

YOU DECIDE: Do we have different economic problems?

The economy faces cyclical and structural problems. Mike Walden explains the difference and why measures designed to strengthen one part of the economy may actually weaken another part. 

Nov 11, 2011

YOU DECIDE: Is college still worth the cost?

The high cost of college and a poor job market have left some questioning whether a college education is worth the cost. Mike Walden discusses.