Economics Roundtable

Technical Problems 3/9/15

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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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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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March 27, 2015, 5:03 am, 1446230

March 26, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1445814

Why do developing countries pursue destabilizing, procyclical fiscal policy? This is from Guillermo Vuletin and Leopoldo Avellan at Brookings:

Fiscal policy procyclicality and output forecast errors: Bad luck or bad decisions?: It is well-known that government spending has historically been procyclical in the developing world (Tornell and Lane, 1999; ...

March 26, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1445815

Gloomy European Economist, Francesco Saraceno:

The Confidence Witch: ...The confidence fairy seems to have turned into a confidence witch. One more victim of the crisis. But this one will not be missed.

It is not shameful to change opinion. Rather the contrary, it is a sign of intellectual courage. Two ...

March 26, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1445813

I've made this point several times myself, i.e. that social insurance can promote entrepreneurship, but it's worth making again:

Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial: ... Pundits and researchers often note the negative correlation between government spending and entrepreneurship, both within the U.S. and internationally, and conclude ...

March 26, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1445812

Very long travel day today, so just a few quick posts before heading to the airport. Will post more as I can.

March 26, 2015, 5:03 am, 1445519

March 25, 2015, 5:03 pm, 1445274

Larry Ball tells the Fed to be very patient when it comes to satisfying its mandate to pursue full employment:

Fed Should Push Unemployment Well Below 5%, Paper Says: The Federal Reserve should hold short-term interest rates near zero long enough to drive unemployment well below 5%, even if ...

March 25, 2015, 3:03 pm, 1445227

Audit the Fed?:

The "Audit" the Fed Crowd, by David Andolfatto: Alex Pollock says that It's High Time to "Audit" the Federal Reserve. ...just the other day, Senator Rand Paul, a leader in "Audit-the-Fed" movement (a significant step downfrom his father's "End-the-Fed" movement) was making statements like

March 25, 2015, 1:03 pm, 1445141

Paul Krugman continues the discussion on the use of the Keynesian model:

Anti-Keynesian Delusions: I forgot to congratulate Mark Thoma on his tenth blogoversary, so let me do that now. ...

Today Mark includes a link to one of his own columns, a characteristically polite and cool-headed ...

March 25, 2015, 5:03 am, 1444820