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Dec 9, 2016

You Decide: What Will Happen to the Economy in 2017

Our economy is very complex with millions of interactions and interrelationships. I think economists are best at identifying general trends and raising questions about the economic future. So, what could the economy hold for our country in 2017?

Nov 23, 2016

You Decide: Will The Trump Economic Policies Work?

A big part of the presidential political campaigns centered on the economy, with candidates talking about boosting economic growth, creating jobs and improving pay. With Mr. Trump the winner, all eyes will be on the policies he will promote to achieve these goals. So what will President-elect Trump eventually do to help the economy?

Nov 11, 2016

You Decide: Where Will We Live?

Less than 50 years ago – in 1970 – North Carolina was still a rural state. That’s all changed. North Carolina is now an urban state, with two-thirds of the state’s people living in cities and high density counties. Will it remain that way?

Oct 28, 2016

You Decide: Is Demography Behind Slow Economic Growth?

One of the big issues hear in this election year is slow economic growth. Although the economy has improved since the depths of the recession seven years ago, the gains have been modest compared to previous recoveries. Does the real answer to the issue sit in demographics?

Oct 14, 2016

You Decide: Are There “Excesses” Building in the Economy?

The word “excess” generally has a bad meaning in our society. It implies too much of a good thing that can lead to problems later. NC State University economist Mike Walden outlines economic "excesses" that could spell trouble.

Sep 30, 2016

You Decide: Why Are So Many Men Not Working

In the late 1940s, 6 percent of prime working-age men were not employed and were not looking for work. Today, that rate is 14 percent. Translated to numbers, 1 million prime, working-age men in the late 1940s were out of the labor force – today the number is 7 million. What factors are causing this to rise?

Sep 16, 2016

You Decide: The Iron Law of Real Estate

The idea that we have to pay more for locations closer to city centers makes logical sense. It's part of the "Iron Law of Real Estate." What other factors play into this law though? And how can advancing technology alter it?

Sep 2, 2016

You Decide: Have We Won the War on Poverty

One of President Johnson’s domestic initiatives was the “war on poverty”. The goal was to significantly reduce the prevalence of poverty through a combination of financial assistance and skill development allowing individuals to become self-sufficient. How can we measure these programs to determine if they've been effective over time?

Aug 19, 2016

You Decide: Which Economic Plan Will Boost the Economy?

Economic plans have been a key topic in this Presidential campaign. In the area of tax policy, the two candidates bring dramatically different proposals based on very different philosophies. Indeed, their proposals have revived the economic debate between “supply-side” solutions and “demand-side” answers. How would each plan play out in the real world?

Aug 5, 2016

You Decide: What’s the Source of Our Discontent?

If education, technology and globalization are behind the discontent of many households, the big question is: what to do about it? NC State University economist Mike Walden addresses this question in his latest 'You Decide' column.