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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April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847941
For centuries, gold and silver served as money, but not anymore. Silver went out of circulation in the late 19th century. Gold was effectively banned from circulation in the United ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847946
For the past month, House Republicans and the White House have been in a bitter standoff over the national debt ceiling, the legal limit to borrowing that the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847944

Across the country, students are returning to higher education institutions for the start of another ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847945


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847943
While at the Patriots-Steelers NFL game earlier this season, I made a classic economics observation: tradeoffs are everywhere. It was partway into the second quarter, and ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847942

I recently had to decide between going to a concert for which I’d already bought a ticket and attending a dinner party with friends. Initially I was compelled to “get ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847925
The Chicago Cubs hold the record for
the longest championship drought in the four major US sports, not giving their fans a World Series ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847924
The Federal Reserve's decisionon September 18th to continue purchasing $85 billion in longer-term bonds each month took financial markets by surprise. Collective wisdom expected that the Fed would begin tapering its purchases of U.S. ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847922

If you are like many Americans, you made a New Year's ...


April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847923
Economists are famous, perhaps infamous, for disagreeing with each other. Indeed, economists have
different views on policies, different scientific judgments, and different values. Even ...