You Decide: Are we still competitive?
To many, the recession of the last two years is a symptom of a larger economic problem in the nation -- that we just can't compete anymore. Economist Mike Walden comments on that viewpoint in his latest You Decide column.
You Decide: What should be done now?
Worries persist about the economy. Progress is being made in very small steps, and some economists openly talk about a return to recessionary conditions (the “double dip”) within a year. People want something done, and they’re looking to government -- particularly the federal government -- to get the economy moving. Economist Mike Walden comments on options.
YOU DECIDE: Is there a better way to help the unemployed?
Unemployment compensation is the main way we help the unemployed. But some economists say the current unemployment compensation system isn't working. North Carolina State University Economist Mike Walden discusses the issue.
YOU DECIDE: Does bigger government hurt the economy?
How does the size of government impact the economy? Mike Walden discusses the issue, providing the background you need to decide.
YOU DECIDE: When will bank lending bounce back?
Businesses need loans to expand, and new businesses need loans to start. But banks aren't lending. Mike Walden discusses why banks aren't lending.
YOU DECIDE: Is the recession really over?
How can the recession be over when the unemployment rate is over 9 percent and 15 million people nationwide -- including 430,000 here in North Carolina -- are unemployed? Mike Walden explains.
YOU DECIDE: On pay and productivity?
Some argue that while labor productivity has risen in recent decades, worker pay hasn't kept pace. But is that really the case. Mike Walden discusses the issue.
YOU DECIDE: Will more money help the economy?
What will the Federal Reserve do to stimulate the economy? And will it work? Mike Walden discusses the Fed's likely course of action and the impact it is likely to have on the economy.
YOU DECIDE: What are the realities facing our new leaders?
The election is over and there were shake-ups in Washington and Raleigh. Election results reflected voter discontent, but what are the economic realities facing our new leaders?
YOU DECIDE: How can we forecast the economic future?
Economists are often asked to predict the economic future. But what's the best method of looking ahead? Mike Walden discusses different ways to assess the future.