Economics Roundtable

May 2014 Payroll Employment

After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.

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The best summary of the state of our economy is the graph (below) of employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old. The decrease is large, but the most troubling feature of the graph is the flat trend .

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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.

Remember M1?

Money Supply M1 growth is now over 20% per year over a 12 month lag. M1 growth has touched 20% before, but not with excess reserves of $1.6 trillion. Where is M1 headed?

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The Austrian Economists

June 27, 2016, 11:34 am, 1648818

|Peter Boettke|

Watch and listen very carefully to this wonderful talk by Elinor Ostrom from the Engelberg Center for Innovation Policy at the NYU School of Law in 2011.



June 26, 2016, 1:34 pm, 1648606

|Peter Boettke|


That is the title of the new book by Nicholas Capaldi and Gordon Lloyd.  It is the latest addition to the book series -- New Thinking ...

June 25, 2016, 1:34 pm, 1648444

|Peter Boettke|

The 6th volume of the projected 10 volumes of the Collected Works of Israel M. Kirzner has just be published by Liberty Fund.  It is Kirzner's work Discovery, Capitalism and Distributive Justice.  Pick up your copy today and become a "finder keeper" of the rich treasures this work ...

June 22, 2016, 11:34 am, 1647539

|Peter Boettke|

I got excited about the ideas in the Austrian School of Economics through my undergraduate teacher Hans Sennholz.  He changed my life by introducing me to the books I needed to read to continue to learn and deepen my understanding of the economy and the science that ...

June 21, 2016, 11:34 pm, 1647362

|Peter Boettke|

Earlier this year I spent some time at the LSE archives.  Prior to that I have been reading as much as I could about the LSE in the 1930s for two other projects that have occupied my research time for the past year or so.  I actually ...

June 3, 2016, 11:34 am, 1642318

|Peter Boettke|

As an undergraduate my intellectual imagination was switched on by my economics professor Hans Sennholz.  He did this in 3 ways. First, and foremost, by presenting basic economics to me he helped me understand the way the world worked around me and especially the dysfunctions that I ...

June 2, 2016, 9:34 am, 1641917

|Peter Boettke|

OECD released its latest report on the global economic slowdown.  As reported on NPR's Marketplace by Tracey Samuelson, the argument is that the world's economies are caught in a low-growth trap characterized by "negative feedback loops" and that the only way to break out of the ...

May 28, 2016, 9:34 am, 1640604

|Peter Boettke|

A year ago this upcoming August, we moved into our new dedicated space in Mason Hall on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax.  The space enabled us to effectively pursue our programs in research and graduate education.  The entire team worked fantastic to realize the synergies ...

May 26, 2016, 11:34 am, 1640103

Steve Horwitz

Over at FEE, my new column is a list of 12 articles I think all aspiring economists should read.  Here's the intro:

First, my imagined audience is an undergraduate who intends to enter a PhD program in economics, although the list could be interesting and ...

May 9, 2016, 3:34 pm, 1634784

Steve Horwitz

I have been thinking a lot about the misunderstandings of Hayek's "The Use of Knowledge in Society" essay. Below I offer what I think is a quick summary of his argument that stresses both the importance of private property and the price system as jointly necessary for economic ...