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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July 10, 2018, 1:25 pm, 1874482
I have added two more problems and a free version is available here. 


July 10, 2018, 1:25 pm, 1874481
I have added two more problems and a free version is available here. 


July 2, 2018, 7:06 pm, 1872454
I'm going to keep marketing my free e-book.  Here is the Table of Contents listing the problems I present;

1. Trade vs. Autarky
2. The Roy Model of Comparative Advantage
3.  Household Economics
4. Standard Consumption Theory with a "Becker Twist"
5. The Cost of Climate Change
6. ...


June 30, 2018, 11:07 am, 1871967
From June 30th 2018 until July 4th 2018, you can download a free copy of my Kindle E-Book here.   These problems are meant to help students build up their intuition.    A special feature of these problems is an emphasis on revealed preference and "partial identification".  Most intermediate micro ...


June 27, 2018, 9:25 pm, 1871228
I am not sure how these folks create their ranking but I like the fact that USC Economics has a Masters Degree that is ranked #9 in the USA.  Over the last year, we have been MS STEM certified and now we are also creating a new MS ...


June 27, 2018, 9:25 pm, 1871227
I am not sure how these folks create their ranking but I like the fact that USC Economics has a Masters Degree that is ranked #9 in the USA.  Over the last year, we have been MS STEM certified and now we are also creating a new MS ...


June 18, 2018, 3:05 pm, 1868511
Here is my revised set of notes.   These problems can be covered in three weeks in either an undergraduate or a graduate class and the students will walk away having a better sense of price theory.

Take a look at the new problem on page 34.  A person ...


June 13, 2018, 1:05 pm, 1867143
Here is a free copy of my updated set of Price Theory problems.  These are new problems that I have written down based on my memories of Gary Becker and Sherwin Rosen's Price Theory classes from 30 years ago.  I will teach these problems during my 3 week stint teaching ...


June 6, 2018, 10:37 pm, 1865204
I am looking for somebody to produce a clean set of answers to my 40 pages of questions posed here.   Over the last two weeks, I have written out these questions because I'll be teaching the first part of USC's Ph.D. micro class this Fall.  As you will see, ...


June 2, 2018, 6:36 pm, 1863993
I live close to UCLA and the streets of Westwood are covered with "The Bird".   These are scooters that travel at a speed of up to 15 MPG and cost $1 to rent and 15 cents per minute of use.  The Bird is produced by Xiaomi (a Chinese ...