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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Environmental and Urban Economics


November 8, 2018, 6:07 pm, 1918424
The Repec rankings are out for October 2018.  In the name of full disclosure, here is mine.  I see that my "strength of students" puts me in the 4th percentile.  I need to improve on that category.   Here are my peers according to REPEC. 



October 28, 2018, 1:26 pm, 1912699
Alfie Kohn has written a provocative opinion piece for the NY Times in which he argues that standard "pay for performance" incentives do not matter and often create a backlash effect.   Economists should take note because his piece is an implicit jab at 98% of the ideas embodied in economics ...


October 28, 2018, 1:26 pm, 1912698
Alfie Kohn has written a provocative opinion piece for the NY Times in which he argues that standard "pay for performance" incentives do not matter and often create a backlash effect.   Economists should take note because his piece is an implicit jab at 98% of the ideas embodied in economics ...


October 27, 2018, 11:26 am, 1912571
Paul Sullivan has written an interesting piece that details his investment advice to help NY Times readers continue to earn a good rate of return in a world facing increased climate risk.   He really has in mind that carbon taxes will soar over the next few decades and this ...


October 27, 2018, 11:26 am, 1912570
Paul Sullivan has written an interesting piece that details his investment advice to help NY Times readers continue to earn a good rate of return in a world facing increased climate risk.   He really has in mind that carbon taxes will soar over the next few decades and this ...


October 25, 2018, 12:37 pm, 1911628
Marc Benioff throws a punch at Milton Friedman (calling him "myopic") in his interesting NY Times Opinion Piece today.  Recall that back in 1970 that Milton Friedman argued that the responsibility of corporations is to maximize profits and allow their shareholders to spend their money as they please.  Read ...


October 22, 2018, 11:26 pm, 1910204
While the USC Football team is not playing as as usual, things are humming along at USC Economics.   On Tuesday October 23rd 2018, USC Economics will host an interesting panel focused on "
The Economist’s Perspective on the Future of 


October 22, 2018, 11:26 pm, 1910203
While the USC Football team is not playing as as usual, things are humming along at USC Economics.   On Tuesday October 23rd 2018, USC Economics will host an interesting panel focused on "
The Economist’s Perspective on the Future of 


October 20, 2018, 10:37 pm, 1909661
I am delighted that Bill Nordhaus and Paul Romer will share the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics.  A technical summary of why they have won is posted here.  I am eager to see if Professor Nordhaus engages with Prof. Robert Pindyck's arguments about the "danger" of taking Integrated ...


September 23, 2018, 10:36 am, 1901738
Kevin Hartnett has written a very interesting piece about the mistakes that AI makes when evaluating the content of a computer screen image.  This matters for many different scenarios such as automated vehicles.  Would a human make a different (and better) decision than the computer if the two are ...