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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July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881211
Given how little British bureaucrats and our front-bench-seeking politicians take notice of the public, I'd welcome almost any tool with which to harangue them. And there's one that some of our American cousins are using that I'd love to see imported into Britain. DIY Democracy is an iPhone app lets Americans hit back ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881212
“To be born an Englishman,” Cecil Rhodes once claimed, “is to win first prize in the lottery of life.” These days, Mark Steyn says the prize goes to Americans, and whenever I think of Westminster, I can't help thinking he might be on to something. Our supposedly centre-Right Government supports ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881213
I was having a beer with Nigel Farage recently when he came out with a most remarkable statement. "UKIP," he declared, "will win the next European election." Win? Win? Certainly, like most Conservatives, I’d love a UKIP victory if it gives us some chance of ending our disastrous membership of ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881214
Here’s some news that’s guaranteed to upset the Eurocrats. A just-retired European auditor, Maarten Engwirda, has denounced the European Commission. Speaking to a Dutch newspaper, he alleges that the Court of Auditors were pressured into “watering down” their criticism of the EU’s accounts and says there was a "culture of ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881210
This is one of the most shockingly wasteful acts by a British government in history. The Coalition has started to chop the wings off nine brand-new Nimrod jets, which cost £445 million each to build and have never seen active service. And the decision threatens our national security: because there ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881209
There’s something seriously broken about the European Union’s competition department, which seems more motivated by jealousy of American companies than helping consumers. It has now forced Intel, which last year announced the takeover of an anti-virus company, to keep its computer chipsets "open" to rivals' anti-virus software. Eurocrats are spinning ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881206
Picture the scene. The Chief Operating Officer of a major asset management firm gets so wound up by European regulators that he decides, in a personal capacity, to call for EU withdrawal. He mentions this to other members of his board, who recoil with horror and forbid him from opening ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881207
I don’t know about you, but I have lost all faith in the Bank of England. The economists on its Monetary Policy Committee act like modern witch doctors, who think that if they examine enough graphs and perform the right computer modelling, they can manage inflation and smooth out the ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881208
I hate to attack someone as fascinating as Donald Trump, but this is one billionaire who should be kept out of the White House at all costs. Getting into that building seems to be his objective, according to American commentators who have noticed his surprise appearance at yesterday’s Conservative Political ...


July 28, 2018, 2:07 am, 1881205
Just as many Tories were becoming fed up with Cameron, our PM has done three things that should put smiles on their faces. First, he gave the green light to backbenchers to vote down a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights, by allowing a free vote. This, I ...