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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Political Calculations


December 14, 2018, 3:30 pm, 1929515

It's Okay To Be Smart's Joe Hanson addresses how the troubling physics of Santa Claus can ultimately be resolved by the science of quantum mechanics.


December 14, 2018, 3:30 pm, 1929516

It's Okay To Be Smart's Joe Hanson addresses how the troubling physics of Santa Claus can ultimately be resolved by the science of quantum mechanics.


December 13, 2018, 3:10 am, 1928953

"Backfire Economics" is a series of posts by Mark Perry that focuses on the unintended, yet often predictable consequences of the tariffs that President Trump has imposed since launching his trade war strategy earlier this year. By our unofficial count, there are at least 24 ...


December 12, 2018, 3:09 am, 1928654

It's not much to write home about, but the number of U.S. firms whose stocks are publicly traded on stock exchanges in the U.S. increased for the first time in years in 2018.

Admittedly, the increase of 2 firms from 3,484 in 2017 to 3,486 in ...


December 11, 2018, 3:30 am, 1928301

In recent years, U.S. exports have typically peaked in the months of October through December because these months coincide with the harvesting of the U.S. soybean crop, which has become the nation's single largest export product to China.

But not in 2018, because of the retaliatory ...


December 10, 2018, 3:09 am, 1927953

There was one major economic event that occurred last week and it shifted the forward-looking focus of investors, sending stock prices sharply downward as a result.

That event was the partial inversion of the U.S. Treasury yield curve that took place on Tuesday, 4 ...


December 7, 2018, 8:41 am, 1927445

Biomimicry is an approach to developing new inventions and technologies that is inspired by the natural "solutions" to practical problems that plants and animals have evolved over eons, where human designers seek to replicate those solutions.

Via Core77, we learned ...


December 6, 2018, 3:30 am, 1926943

According to Sentier Research, median household income in the United States increased to $63,220 in October 2018, a 0.3% increase over the firm's estimate of $63,007 for September 2018. The following chart shows the nominal (red) and inflation-adjusted (blue) trends for ...


December 6, 2018, 3:30 am, 1926942

According to Sentier Research, median household income in the United States increased to $63,220 in October 2018, a 0.3% increase over the firm's estimate of $63,007 for September 2018. The following chart shows the nominal (red) and inflation-adjusted (blue) trends for ...


December 5, 2018, 3:10 am, 1926591

November 2018 marked a generally solid and otherwise unremarkable month for the U.S. stock market's dividend payers. And with that being the case, we took advantage of the opportunity to do some minor rework to the main charts we present in our "Dividends by the ...