You Decide

Aug 18, 2017

You Decide: What Explains Rising College Costs?

New students face many challenges, primary among them being the matter of money. What's the cause of rising tuitions, and what are the methods for dealing with the issue being discussed?

Aug 4, 2017

You Decide: Should Everyone Have a Basic Income?

The idea of a guaranteed basic income is a hot topic in today's news, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg throwing his support behind the concept. NC State Economist Mike Walden breaks down the pros and cons.

Jul 21, 2017

You Decide: Why Can’t We Get The Economy Just Right?

How are economics and the story of Goldilocks alike? Dr. Mike Walden breaks down the factors and why the economy can't seem to be "just right."

Jul 7, 2017

You Decide: Has North Carolina’s Economy Taken a U-Turn?

Some have said that North Carolina's economy has taken a U-turn in recent years. What does this mean for the state? NC University economist Mike Walden discusses the topic for you to decide.

Jun 23, 2017

You Decide: Can Pro Sports Teams Spur Economic Development?

Major league sports are big business in today's world. Does the community see the investment return in it's local economy though? NC State University economist Mike Walden breaks it down the numbers.

Jun 9, 2017

You Decide: Are There Changes Ahead For State Pensions?

North Carolina’s state pension plan is big. It is considered to be one of the most sound public pension systems in the country. Are there changes ahead for the plan though?

May 26, 2017

You Decide: Can Urban and Rural Areas Get Along?

The urban-rural divide in North Carolina also extends deep into public policy. The the economic winds are currently blowing in favor of urban regions, but could a a rural renaissance come?

May 12, 2017

You Decide: What Divides Us On Taxes?

Changing the tax code always creates discussion and debate. NC State economist Mike Walden presents three key categories of disagreement to help you decide what arguments make the most sense for inclusion in any new tax package.

Apr 28, 2017

You Decide: What Determines County Jobless Rates?

In any given month in North Carolina the unemployment rate varies greatly among our 100 counties. What’s behind this big difference and what,if anything, can be done about the disparity?

Apr 14, 2017

You Decide: How Is Economics Involved In Health Insurance?

The health care debate includes many elements. NC State University economist, Dr. Mike Walden, presents examples of how economics is involved in health insurance and then you decide how – or if – they can be addressed.