Economics Roundtable

January 2014 Payroll Employment

We are getting closer to the previous peak.

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Jobs

The best summary of the state of our economy is the graph (below) of employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old. The decrease is large, but the most troubling feature of the graph is the flat trend .


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Graph-of-the-Year Candidates

Donald Marron likes European interest rates. Click on the image to get a bigger version. Can you find three distinct subperiods?

Brad DeLong favors the U.S. gdp gap.


Remember M1?

Money Supply M1 growth is now over 20% per year over a 12 month lag. M1 growth has touched 20% before, but not with excess reserves of $1.6 trillion. Where is M1 headed?


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April 24, 2014, 8:35 am, 1260256
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April 23, 2014, 6:36 am, 1259402
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April 22, 2014, 12:35 pm, 1258902
Has the slow decline in the pace of consumer price inflation in the US hit bottom? If so, is that good news for the economy? A cautious “yes” applies in both cases, albeit with the usual caveats. Looking at the … Continue reading →


April 21, 2014, 10:36 am, 1258235
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April 19, 2014, 8:36 am, 1257766
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April 18, 2014, 10:38 am, 1257566
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April 18, 2014, 8:37 am, 1257522
So much for pessimism. Most of the key economic reports for March are in and the general message looks encouraging… again. You can never say anything definitive about the business cycle in real time, but the data in hand today … Continue reading →


April 17, 2014, 4:36 pm, 1257225
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April 17, 2014, 8:36 am, 1256928
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April 16, 2014, 8:35 am, 1256273
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