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”


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907916
The cost of living differential between urban and rural Alaska has increased since 1985 - an important reason is the introduction of "big box stores" in urban Alaska. Pat Forgery has a nice piece in today's Alaska Empire summarizing testimony...


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907917
Construction of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable pushed the limits of 19th Century technology. In the 1860s construction was begun on an alternative telegraph line to Europe - across Alaska, under the Bering Strait, and across Russia. Capt. Daniel B. Libby...


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907918
William Van Valin was a school teacher at Sinuk, Alaska, during the 1911-'12 and 1912-'13 school years. Sinuk is on the Bering Sea coast of the Seward Peninsula to the west of Nome, not far from King Island. In June...


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907919
At least the administration was embarrassed, releasing its decision late on Friday to minimize publicity. The Obama administration has decided to impose import duties of 35% on imports of low cost Chinese passenger and light truck tires (U.S. to Impose...


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907915
Elizabeth Bluemink reports: Alaskan Gold production highest since 1916 (Anchorage Daily News, November 8, 2009). Fort Knox mine. Source: Kinross Gold Corporation. In summary: Alaska produced about 800,000 ounces of gold in 2008 - the largest amount since 1916 (...


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907914
Nancy Hooper, 5th Grade Tununak School Ms. Boonstra's class, second place entry in Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sport Fish Regs Cover Art Contest, 2001. Tununak is a small town on Nelson Island. For many years non-Native sport fishermen...


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907911
Dean Baker makes the case: The Post's Protectionism Strongs Again: It Never Heard of Foreign Doctors


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907912
A new Christmas classic from The Onion: New Device Desirable, Old Device Undesirable. I certainly want one.


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907913
President Obama is opposed to liberalizing restrictions on entry of foreign nurses (White House Forum on Health Reform). He made the comment in response to a question at a health reform event at the White House last March: REPRESENTATIVE CAPPS:...


October 15, 2018, 10:05 pm, 1907910
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...