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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.

Mar 31, 2017

You Decide: Why Did We Move Away From Self-Sufficiency?

In prior generations, self-sufficiency was the way of the world. Life is much different today. Most of us rely on buying food in supermarkets, purchasing clothes in stores and our houses built by contractors. People have generally traded self-sufficiency for being really good at one thing for more income and the ability to trade for goods. Is this progress?

Mar 17, 2017

You Decide: Are We Asking Too Much Of The Fed?

The Federal Reserve – for short, the “Fed” – is again front and center in the news. Some say the Fed has been trying to do too much. Specifically, critics point to two actions the Fed continued long after the immediate crisis of the Great Recession passed. Do we only want the Federal Reserve to intervene in the economy when the financial system is in trouble?

Mar 3, 2017

You Decide: What Is Your Local Economy?

North Carolina has a lot of local governments with over 100 counties and 552 municipalities in the state. Many people identify with their nearest local government, particularly when it comes to the economy. But do local economies start and stop at county and municipal lines?

Feb 17, 2017

You Decide: Is Farming a High-Tech Industry

The productivity of farmers soared over the past century. The productivity of farms jumped an amazing 140 percent between 1910 and 1950. This is what technology does, but are the productivity gains in farming over?

Feb 3, 2017

You Decide: How Can We Get to Four Percent Growth?

One of the major goals of the new administration is to increase the rate of economic growth in the country. The objective is to move from the two percent annual growth rate of recent years to four percent. A strong case can be made that improving economic growth is the challenge of our time. NC State University economist Mike Walden lays out the details for you to decide if we can get there.

Jan 20, 2017

You Decide: Do Economists Ever Agree?

Economists have a reputation for being disagreeable. Some have argued an individual economist even has trouble agreeing with her or himself. Recently Dr. Mike Walden had a chance to test the level of agreement among economists taking part in a panel. So what did economists agree about?