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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Angry Bear

"Slightly left of center comments on news, politics, and economics from an economist.”

December 19, 2014, 12:04 pm, 1392170
In a recent post, I noted that actual non-residential fixed capital investment doesn’t show the pattern one would expect based on optimizing models at all. Ugh that sentence was convoluted and so is the post it describes. In fact, the puzzling pattern is really very simple. Non residential fixed capital ...

December 18, 2014, 2:04 pm, 1391616
After watching the new video with Adair Turner from a talk he gave at the Bristol Festival of Economics in November 2014, it is clear he understands the economic situation better than Paul Krugman. While Krugman tries to understand if inequality even leads to more financial instability (link), Turner knows ...

December 18, 2014, 12:04 pm, 1391540
Thought people would find this of interest. This is not updated from September being the last observation. In 1999 when this bottomed West Texas Intermediate was under $12/bbl and gasoline was under $1/ gal.

December 18, 2014, 2:04 am, 1391216
A new report by Good Jobs First shows how the very wealthy in America have benefited from government subsidies as one element in building their fortunes. According to the study, the 11 richest Americans, and 23 of the 25 richest, all have significant ownership in companies that have received at ...

December 17, 2014, 8:04 pm, 1391104
This video was published on Youtube a week ago and has only had 27 views. The video is of a talk Adair Turner gave in November at the Bristol Festival of Economics. It reflects his current insights. He gives explanations for 4 big patterns developing in the global economy. Increased ...

December 17, 2014, 2:04 pm, 1390882
The markets wait for the Fed’s statement in 30 minutes. Some thoughts beyond low inflation and an active labor market… Fed must give forward guidance to normalizing the Fed rate. Yet, any sense of disciplining the markets will be met with lower stock values. The markets need discipline which is ...

December 16, 2014, 10:04 pm, 1390350
I reflected in a post last week that we should have had less accommodative monetary policy and more fiscal policy since the crisis… Thoughts on Investment, IS-LM & Effective Demand. Today Paul Krugman also had what appears to be a moment of reflection upon monetary perspectives… The Limits of Purely ...

December 16, 2014, 6:04 pm, 1390281
The Ruble is collapsing. This will do dramatic damage to the Russian economy, because many Russian firms have dollar denominated debts. This is a familiar story. Something similar happened in East Asian countries in 1997 and Russia in 1998. There is no good policy response, because defense of the Ruble ...

December 16, 2014, 2:04 pm, 1390127
From WSJ, low oil prices can be locked in for a year… (link) Remember, it also depends on what currency you buy the oil with… The US dollar is getting strong, while some emerging market currencies are getting weak. Comparative advantage suddenly increased for US firms?

December 16, 2014, 12:04 pm, 1390042
These are tense moments… At 1 am in the morning, Russia made a dramatic announcement to raise its base interest rate from 10.5% to 17%. Their ruble was falling fast yesterday. There is capital flight out of Russia. So the rate rise was meant to attract money back into their ...