Economics Roundtable

May 2014 Payroll Employment

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

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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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July 31, 2014, 4:04 pm, 1309135
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July 30, 2014, 12:04 pm, 1308104
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July 30, 2014, 12:04 pm, 1308103
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July 29, 2014, 12:04 pm, 1307294
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July 29, 2014, 8:04 am, 1307133
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July 29, 2014, 12:04 am, 1306927
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