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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April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849750

Shortly after Tuesday night's Indiana political earthquake which left Donald Trump as the near-certain Republican presidential nominee, Trump thanked Ted Cruz for dropping out of the race because "we want to bring unity to the Republican Party."

Twelve hours later, I received a call to my radio show from a man ...


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849751

“Fury as Colorado has no primary or caucus!” shrieked a scandalized


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849752

On Tuesday, in an unsuccessful last ditch effort to revive his flagging hopes in the Wisconsin primary election, Donald Trump posted to his website a plan to “compel Mexico to pay for the wall.”

The heart of the plan is to threaten to amend federal regulations so that the Department ...


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849749

For one primary reason, Mitt Romney was, in the 2012 presidential election, the worst possible choice out of the several most credible Republican hopefuls to challenge President Barack Obama’s re-election: Obamacare should have been the defining issue of that campaign but Romney was singularly unable to prosecute the case against ...


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849748

As I watch FBI Director James Comey respond to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, even as I attempt to correct for my fear and loathing of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the “nothing to see here” approach of the Democratic members of the committee is shocking. Or ...


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849746

The political world is all atwitter following Donald Trump’s statement last Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina that, “believe it or not,” he regrets having said “the wrong thing” in the past, “particularly where it may have caused personal pain,” a list which might include Heidi Cruz, Megyn Kelly, ...


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849747

Over Independence Day weekend, my 8-year-old son and I visited my sister’s lake house in eastern Tennessee. Among their toys is a Sea-Doo, a fancy version of what we used to call a jet ski, and truly one of the most thrilling rides you’ll ever have. Jasper and I went ...


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849745

My radio job is so time-consuming that I don't have time to blog beyond what I write for my radio blog at http://rosskaminsky.com and for the American Spectator.

So for the time being, I won't be updating this web site anymore. It's been an incredible run in ...