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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Sybil’s Star (Katy Delay)

"Proving that economics and sense of humor are not mutually exclusive”

December 7, 2018, 11:32 am, 1927510
You may have noticed†snippets of news about French people in yellow vests gathering in their townships to rabble-rouse. Do you wonder what it's all about?

July 14, 2018, 8:42 am, 1875964
The Federal Reserve has just published a report stating that it will continue to use new policy tools to control interest rates.

As stated in the Wall Street Journal, "The Federal Reserve defended having the flexibility to set interest ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849841
Trump probably stayed up until 1:50 a.m. last night (this morning) to hear that the Senate passed the tax reform bill, 51 to 49. †For a businessman, the government workings must be trying, to say the least. †Here's my imagination's thinking about the moment.

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849840
Exactly where does Bitcoin fit into the monetary scheme of things? Here are some questions and answers.


April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1849839
Now that the holidays have past, perhaps we can take a moment to think quietly about the changes in our culture. Permit me to ask you two questions:

Do you detest people who voted differently from yourself?

Do you avoid entering into discussions about politics when you are ...