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

October 4, 2015, 11:33 am, 1553014

|Peter Boettke|

I had the great fortune to have Gordon Tullock as my teacher and then as a colleague as we both moved back to GMU in 1998. In the decade in-between those, Gordon was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. When I published my book Why Perestroika ...

September 30, 2015, 11:33 pm, 1551576

|Peter Boettke|

Matt Bruenig, "Tired of Capitalism? There Could Be a Better Way," Wash Post 9/30/15.


Here is a sample: "True freedom requires freedom from destitution and freedom from the demands of the employer. Capitalism ensures neither, but a universal basic income, if successful, could provide both."




BTW, perhaps ...

September 24, 2015, 5:33 pm, 1548852

The Society for the Development of Austrian Economics is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 Foundation for Economic Education Prizes for the best book and the best article recently published in Austrian economics.

The following conditions apply:

1. Authors nominated must ...

September 24, 2015, 5:33 pm, 1548851

We now have the details for the annual SDAE dinner and business meeting. The event will take place on Sunday night, November 22nd at the New Orleans Marriott. We will start with drinks and a reception from 7:00pm to 8:00pm and then continue with dinner and our program ...

September 17, 2015, 7:33 pm, 1545687

Steve Horwitz

I’m very happy to announce that the Eastern Economic Journal has a new home. The new team of editors is a combination of faculty from St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities. I am not one of the editors, but I will be on the board and I ...

September 16, 2015, 7:33 am, 1544561

|Peter Boettke|

Last weekend at one of our Adam Smith Fellows seminars, in response to a question about economic theory, I made reference to the idea that pure theory provides the skeleton and without it the body could not function.

Then last night I was teaching from the works of ...

September 14, 2015, 9:33 am, 1543432

|Peter Boettke|

34 chapters ranging from methodology to the financial crisis.  The book is available at Oxford and at Amazon, and a description can be read at ...

September 13, 2015, 1:33 pm, 1543245

The Society for the Development of Austrian Economics is pleased to announce that submissions for the 2015 Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Student Essay Competition are now being accepted. Submissions will be accepted from advanced PhD students in economics or other relevant disciplines anywhere in the world. The competition ...

September 10, 2015, 7:33 am, 1541834

|Peter Boettke|

Wishing my wonderful colleague a very happy birthday.  

I would describe Don as a "joyous economist" -- one who celebrates the beauty of basic economic reasoning and fully embraces joyously our role as teachers of that basic economic reasoning.  Don's approach is, I would argue, one committed ...

September 9, 2015, 7:33 pm, 1541581

Steven Horwitz

My new book Hayek's Modern Family:  Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions will be available tomorrow from Palgrave and at Amazon. An excerpt from the book's chapter on parental rights is now available as the lead article in the September/October  Cato Policy Report. It also includes my response ...