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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The Skeptical Optimist

May 7, 2018, 12:25 am, 1853419
Okay, so those aren't big surprises to anyone who has visited this blog in past seven years. But I expect they will surprise many readers at, the online magazine of the American Enterprise Institute. Here's a link to my...

May 7, 2018, 12:25 am, 1853418
How is Uncle Sam's credit these days? According to the free market, U.S. Treasury securities are one of the safest investments on the entire planet—in other words, it's about as good as it gets. Uncle Sam is able to sell...

May 7, 2018, 12:25 am, 1853417
Everybody is for "fiscal responsibility" -- but that term has at least four different meanings, not one of which is simple to defend. To see the four possibilities, check out my latest article at "What Does 'Fiscal Responsibility' Mean?"

May 7, 2018, 12:25 am, 1853416
Our past experience with changes in the capital gains tax should be a warning about the potential unintended effects of a Buffett rule. Here's the article at explaining why.