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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Budget Blog

"real-time analysis and commentary on the federal budget”

A project of the Center for American Progress


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848233

Statement of Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad…

Senate Budget Committee 

“The Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday on the President’s nomination of Jim Nussle to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. This hearing will provide Mr. Nussle with an opportunity to address Members ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848234

OMB released updated budget projections yesterday. The 2007 deficit was revised down to $205 billion from a previously estimated $244 billion, but the deficit in 2008 is set to increase to over $250 billion.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848235

2007 TNT 132-1 - News Stories (Copyright, 2007, Tax Analysts)
The Office of Management and Budget is also due to release its midsession review July 11


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848236

Stan Collender on Bush’s budget process complaint…

BUDGET BATTLES: Chutzpah, Y’All (07/10/2007) - sub req
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In his weekly radio address this past Saturday, the president criticized Congress for not being on schedule with the FY08 appropriations. He also said that Congress was unlikely to send him any appropriations for the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848232

Just released today…

Committee on Ways & Means 

The Ways and Means Committee today passed H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007, to repeal the use of private debt collection companies to collect Federal income taxes, delay the application of an onerous three percent withholding requirement on businesses, and ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848231

A new column by Scott Lilly of the Center for American Progress…

Breakfast at the White House
Congressional leaders will start the month of August with a breakfast meeting with President Bush and his top advisors. The meeting is a response to a joint request by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848228

New column by CAP Senior Fellow Scott Lilly…

Engineering a Train Wreck
An old Yiddish folktale describes a young man who murders both of his parents and when brought to trial throws himself on the mercy of the court because he was an orphan. The story is intended to explain ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848229

A new column from CAP senior fellow Scott Lilly…

The Case Against Nussle’s Confirmation
When the Senate returns from the August break next week they are expected to take up the confirmation of former Congressman Jim Nussle as Director of the Office of Management. Many students of American government argue ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848230

From today’s Washington Post…

Bush Wants $50 Billion More for Iraq War - washingtonpost.com

President Bush plans to ask Congress next month for up to $50 billion in additional funding for the war in Iraq, a White House official said yesterday, a move that appears to reflect increasing administration confidence that it can ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848227

CAP Senior Fellow Ruy Teixeira on public opinion of the budget…

Public Opinion Snapshot: Which Side Are You On? The Battle of the Budget
Congress is in the middle of a battle over the budget. On one side are those who want the budget to include higher appropriations for programs ...