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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The Intangible Economy

"Insights and information on the I-Cubed (Information, Innovation, Intangible) Economy”

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April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850024

The latest issue of BEA's Survey of Current Business contains an article Toward Better Measurement of Innovation and Intangibles:

While all countries account for investment in tangible assets in their gross domestic product (GDP) ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850026

A few quick tidbits from the patent wars:

First, on Monday, the Center for America Progress had an event which included a panel on patent reform (see second panel of the event video Enabling Economic Recovery Through Innovation -- more on the first panel on ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850025

The House Democrats have released the outline of their American Reinvestment proposal. There is a lot in there, including a number of items to stimulate innovation, such as increased funds for the Technology Innovation Program and the Manufacturing Extension Program, money for R&D facilities and equipment, education, training, ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850017

As the stimulus package works its way through the Congressional process, more attention is being paid to the technology part of it -- both pro and con. Critics question whether increased broadband and construction of research facilities is truly stimulative. Proponents argue for the importance of the transformational ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850018

In an earlier posting I noted the need for the stimulus package to be transformative rather than simply boost consumption in an attempt to re-inflate the bubble.

Now, Jonathan Ortmans, President of The Public Forum Institute writing in at the Kaufman Foundation's blog on entrepreneurship makes the ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850016

One other follow on to the earlier posting on the Center for American Progress's report on innovation: their look at British Innovation Policy. This paper, by Will Straw at CAP, outlines the highlights, the problems and the evolution of the UK's innovation policy. ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850013

Bruce Nussbaum makes a great point on his blog about what is happening or not happening in the economic policy debate, as exemplified by the discussions in Davos:

A "transformational crisis" is the term used in the opening session of the World Economic Forum by founder Klaus Schwab to ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850012

In an earlier posting, I noted that the index of leading indicators went up in December. Well, here is the story why this is not necessarily good news. From the Wall Street Journal Real Economics blog:

On Monday, the Conference Board released its index of leading ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850014

In his Washington Post business column today, Not What the Doctor Ordered, Steven Pearlstein raises concerns over the Pfizer-Wyeth. In the piece, he makes an important point about the drug industry:

Because the bulk of profits in the industry come from temporary monopolies -- government-granted patents -- the ...

April 30, 2018, 8:10 pm, 1850015

Dan Castro and Rob Atkinson over at ITIF have published a new report "Stim-Novation": Investing in Research to Spur Innovation and Boost Jobs:

Scientific research underpins the great technological advances of the past century, from mapping the human genome to the development of the Internet. Increased investment in ...