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

February 9, 2016, 7:34 pm, 1606982

|Peter Boettke|

Paul Romer is obviously one of the most interesting economic minds of his generation.  Listen to this discussion of how changes in rules and changes in technology can result in peaceful yet revolutionary transformation.


Paul Romer Demonstrates a Peaceful Method ...

February 8, 2016, 9:34 am, 1606356

February 3, 2016, 9:34 am, 1604890

|Peter Boettke|

At the end of WWI, the spirit of true liberalism was all but dead.  Hayek argued that there were 3 men responsible for the resurrection true liberalism -- Frank Knight in the US, Ludwig von Mises in Continental Europe, and Edwin Cannan in the UK.  Hayek stated ...

February 2, 2016, 11:34 am, 1604512

|Peter Boettke|


February 1, 2016, 7:34 am, 1604041

|Peter Boettke|

The Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University will be hosting another Summer Institute on the History of Economics this summer, May 29-June 17. The three week program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is designed primarily for ...

January 20, 2016, 3:34 pm, 1600540

|Peter Boettke|

Here is some evidence from the LSE that the lessons the socialist calculation debate has to offer have not been learned -- Why Market Socialism Is A  Viable Alternative To Neoliberalism.  The issues that plague socialist economic planning must be continually diagnosed and emphasized in the ...

January 6, 2016, 1:34 pm, 1596497

|Peter Boettke|

In one of my favorite essays by James Buchanan, he argues that the liberal economic order of the 19th century while simultaneously achieving previously unimagined levels of individual autonomy, economic prosperity and peaceful cooperation among diverse groups nevertheless proved vulnerable to the critique of socialism based on ...

December 23, 2015, 11:34 am, 1593579

|Peter Boettke|

This wasn't that long ago, and it is probably very wise to remember that, and to learn from the past, and the lessons that experience continually offers to us.  The Soviet Union collapsed -- why?  The post-Soviet transition was tricky -- why?  Russia has emerged under Putin ...

December 21, 2015, 1:34 pm, 1592910

|Peter Boettke|


Someone should have told me to fix my coat!!!, but you should tell me how to fix my thinking.

December 21, 2015, 1:34 pm, 1592909

|Peter Boettke|

Here is the video of Roland Fryer's Buchanan Speaker Series talk.  Listen carefully to this well crafted, deeply researched and important talk.