Economics Roundtable

NOTICE 4/30/18

The Economics Roundtable is back. The technical problem that has limited the set of blogs has been resolved. The RSS feed is, however, still not working.

Flushing caches will likely cause some old posts to show up for a day or two.


Employment as a Percentage of Population

The graph below shows employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old.


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March 2017 Payroll Employment

Payroll employment has not grown impressively since 2000. Some baby-boomers retired, but that does not totally account for this graph.

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May 2014 Payroll Employment

After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.

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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.


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Ben Muse

"Economics and Alaska”


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874621
Patrick Thomas and Tom Barry point out that Santa's Polar operations may violate international trade law: Santa Claus’s Trade Infractions. Oliver Griffiths explains why many of the presents Santa delivers were actually "Made in the U.S." or "Made in China,"...


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874622
Mounties marching in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska might have been Canadian if Seward hadn't acted. Did we get our money's worth when we bought Alaska from the Russians? It only cost $7.2 million in 1867, but David Barker wonders if the...


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874623
Dean Baker makes the case: The Post's Protectionism Strongs Again: It Never Heard of Foreign Doctors


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874624
A new Christmas classic from The Onion: New Device Desirable, Old Device Undesirable. I certainly want one.


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874620
Megan McArdle explains: Two Shopping Days Until Christmas. Who knew perfume was so complicated?


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874619
Since 2002, writers associated with the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth have been publishing short essays on Cape Cod history, and especially Yarmouth history, in the mid-Cape paper, The Register. This fall, the society put these together into a book:...


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874616
Clive Cookson reports that there's been a "64-fold increase in [Chinese] peer-reviewed scientific papers since 1981": China scientists lead world in research growth. Projecting ahead: Jonathan Adams, research evaluation director at Thomson Reuters, said China’s “awe-inspiring” growth had put it...


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874617
Charles Swift was a 19th Century newspaper editor and historian. His 1884 history of Yarmouth, available on Google Books, has a map of Old Yarmouth in 1644 (Old Yarmouth including the current towns of Dennis and Yarmouth). The Pilgrims reached...


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874618
Nicholas Bakalar reports: Study Says Women With Mate Get Heavier. The Australian study found that: After adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20 pounds if she had a baby and a partner,...


July 10, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1874615
Great photos of King Island, and the not quite abandoned Eskimo village of Ukivok, circa 2006: Charlene's flikr photostream. Thanks to David Kingma and Father Louis Renner at Gonzaga for the pointer.