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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Lawrance G. Lux

"This Blog will basically discuss economic issues, with some history and political events thrown in. The author is a mix of Conservative and Liberal impulses, with matching Authoritarian and Libertarian trends.”


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849286
I first read the Post from Tyler Cowen, then went back to the article by Paul Krugman. Both decided upon collective solutions to the Process they describe, but I find a lack of efficiency in this Outcome. I agree with the Krugman concept of ‘hallowing out’ of the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849287
Like always, I will recommend this excellent Post, which has many very vital links to the Issue involved; then begin to talk about something else. What if Government debt in not just an irresponsible Spending pattern, but a substitute for a Futures Market on Inflation. Purchases of Treasuries or ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849288
I am going to go way out in Left Field on this one, and read this Account before you start. My basic hypothesis that the basic causation for the low Wage Gains for Labor comes from the suppressed Interest rate policy of the Fed. It is really way out ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849289
I would commend this Post to my Reader from Mike Shedlock, who combines much data about Population Growth, Job Growth, and Unemployment rates. His main Contention stands as the lowered Unemployment rate comes from Labor dropping from the Labor Force, rather than an increase in Hiring; 127,000 only leaves ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849285
I read sorrowfully through this missive from the CBO. The main thrust of the argument was the nonsensical nature of the budget Gains made over the Period. Slow growth in Expenditure Savings were listed as caused by reduced welfare for the Wealthy, reduced welfare for the Unemployed, and a ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849284
I started by reading this Post from Arnold Kling. I followed it with reading both of Tyler Cowen’s Posts, here and here. I finished with previewing Matt Yglesias’ Post. I will first admit that I am totally scalping my material today, something which occasionally irritates Tyler. ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849281
I was simply reading this article online, when I decided I would have to become a Heretic. Like most such offenses from the True Faith, this I start this with light heart and expectation that everyone will understand my position; though in truth, it will probably be greeted with ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849282
I was reading this when I decided I must advance a hypothesis I had been considering for a long time. The reason I was reluctant to advance my notion was basically due to the fact it would challenge almost all economic thought since John Maynard Keynes. Here is the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849283
I am so sick of listening to People talking about the horrors of Unions everywhere on the Internet and Public Broadcasts. I have considered the entire situation for months, without any resolution of what could possibly be done to represent both Sides of the argument. I found that I could ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849280
I would like to apologize to all eminent personnel, before I enter into this rave. I am not a Saltwater economist, or even a Freshwater economist; maybe I can be classified as a River Rat situated alongside a slow-moving brook. Some things I do know, one of which is ...