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 .
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.
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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U.S. Food Policy (Parke Wilde)
"U.S. Food Policy and Economics from a Public Interest Perspective”
Noted agricultural economist Jayson Lusk's new book is Unnaturally Delicious (St. Martin's Press, 2016), a love letter to food and agricultural technology.
I can see the potential appeal of the object of Lusk's praise in his many examples of new technologies that help solve serious food system dilemmas ...
It prominently highlights the great work of my Friedman School colleagues Miriam Nelson and Christina Economos:
Miriam Nelson got the call while she was rock climbing in Canada: It was the White House assistant chef, of all ...
According to a summary by the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the new policies address snacks provided through school food service and also some types of competitive foods sold ...
After half-a-decade of trying to dismember Michelle Obama's signature effort to ...
It would probably look like this new report released yesterday by the bipartisan National Commission on Hunger.
Key features of a bipartisan approach:
The membership really would be bipartisan. The commission included leading ...
The U.S. Trade Representative this fall released the text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a controversial trade agreement for the United States and other countries that border the Pacific Ocean.
Critics argue that the TPP will endanger U.S. food safety, ...
We lost two Pats in 2015. And Iâ€™m not talking about season-ending injuries to gigantic players on our favorite New England football team, but about two small heroes in Team Americaâ€™s fight against hunger.
One, Patricia Kutzner, founded the World Hunger Education Service ...
Canned food drives don't suck, [but] they're not the most efficient way to give.To allow food banks and food pantries to ...