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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YOU DECIDE: What's holding back the economy?
Spring brought us hot temperatures and a cool economy. Mike Walden evaluates the chances for a robust economic recovery and better job growth.
YOU DECIDE: Is the economic recovery 'normal'?
The economic recession of 2007-09 was unusually harsh; it's been called The Great Recession. So what's the recovery like? Mike Walden discusses.