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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February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223126

By Thomas Kerr and Brindusa Fidanza* 

In the late hours of the climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, a few decisions have been reached by the Conference of the Parties (COP17). They include (http://unfccc.int/2860.php):

On future commitments to replace those made in the Kyoto Protocol and the Copenhagen Accord

The ...


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223127

By Børge Brende (@borgebrende)*

Next year will be a crucial inflexion point for the system of global governance that is facing so many challenges.

Many points in the global political ...


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223128

By Donald Kanak, Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management, Chairman, Prudential Corporation Asia



February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223129

In 2004, the new Georgian government fired every single traffic policeman in the country. All 18,000 of them. Traffic improved. But more than that, this was just one measure in a raft of anti-graft legislation that has brought the country from the bottom of the Transparency International rankings to being ...


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223125

By Gary Burns*

On the 8th of December representatives  from four companies participated in a panel discussion titled “Industry Perspectives on Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention” at the 7th Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention held in Geneva.


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223124

By Théa Chiesa and Tiffany Misrahi*

Sub-Saharan Africa has been forecast to expand by 5.1% in 2011 and has a positive outlook for growth over the next years. Still, according to statistics from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Africa only accounts for 3.4% of global tourism receipts and 5.2% ...


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223121

The World Economic Forum IdeasLab series presents the best ideas from the world’s leading minds. Below is a handpicked selection of the newest visions, inventions, insights and designs helping to change our world for the better. IdeasLabs are a unique format presented at World Economic Forum ...


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223122

Since its launch in 2003, the Open Forum has created a bridge between the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting and the general public.  While the Annual Meeting is by invitation only, the Open Forum is just that, open, to anyone and everyone who wants to participate in the discussion on ...


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223123

By Martina GmĂĽr*

With the new year just around the corner, I am proud to look back at the exciting and productive 2011 we had with the Global Agenda Councils.

Coming into its fourth year, the Network of the Global Agenda Councils has monitored and addressed many of the most important ...


February 11, 2014, 6:34 pm, 1223120

By Professor Alan McKinnon*

Can you imagine a world without trucks? It’s not a scenario that keeps many people awake at night, but perhaps it should. If, for whatever reason, road haulage operations were suspended, the resulting dislocation of supply chains would result in economic collapse within a few ...