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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Economist’s View (Mark Thoma)

May 4, 2016, 9:03 am, 1632876

My colleagues have a new paper on interest rate pegs in New Keynesian models:

Interest Rate Pegs in New Keynesian Models by George W. Evans and Bruce McGough Abstract: John Cochrane asks: "Do higher interest rates raise or lower inflation?" We find that pegging the interest rate at a ...

May 4, 2016, 5:03 am, 1632825

May 3, 2016, 1:03 pm, 1632533

Kevin O'Rourke:

The Davos lie: ... If there's one thing that people agree about in Davos, it's that globalisation is a Good Thing. ...

As is well known, many Western societies have become more unequal over the past two decades... During the 1980s and 1990s, the consensus was that this growing ...

May 3, 2016, 11:03 am, 1632478

I have a new column:

How Slow Economic Growth Could Thwart a Clinton Presidency : Much has been written about the economic consequences of the slowdown in economic growth in recent years, but what about the political implications? If the slowdown continues, and there is reason to believe that it ...

May 3, 2016, 9:03 am, 1632438

At CBS MoneyWatch:

When Markets Aren't Perfect, Government Can Help, by Mark Thoma: In response to a question about economic theory and its role in the financial crisis, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said:

"The strange thing about the economics profession over the last 35 year is that there has ...

May 3, 2016, 5:03 am, 1632371

May 2, 2016, 3:03 pm, 1632168

From the NBER:

Growth of income and welfare in the U.S, 1979-2011, by John Komlos, NBER Working Paper No. 22211 Issued in April 2016: We estimate growth rates of real incomes in the U.S. by quintiles using the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) post-tax, post-transfer data as basis for the period ...

May 2, 2016, 1:03 pm, 1632128

This is by Barkley Rosser (I left quite a bit out, including the connections to the Sander's campaign):

The Legacy of Joan Robinson: ... Joan Violet Maurice Robinson (1903-1983) was without doubt the most important woman economist born before 1930 and maybe still the most important woman economist ever. ...

May 2, 2016, 11:03 am, 1632077

"How should we think about these incredibly low interest rates?":

The Diabetic Economy, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Things are terrible here in Portugal, but not quite as terrible as they were a couple of years ago. The same thing can be said about the European ...

May 2, 2016, 5:03 am, 1631976