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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Undercover Economist (Tim Harford)


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849000
‘Noticing the good news as well as the bad is not just reassuring — it’s also essential for making reasoned policies’


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849003
‘Gifts typically destroy value. The total deadweight loss of Christmas in the US alone was $12bn’


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849004
‘Euler’s analysis has been fruitful in chemistry, sociology and computer science. And it all started with a brain-teaser’


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849002
‘Christmas, like life, is full of rituals that seem to make our lives richer and more enjoyable’


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849001
‘When you’re trying to find an email needle in your archive haystack, search works at least as well’


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1848988
If we imagine restrictive migration policies apply to our lives, we see their flaws


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1848989
There is certainly a deal to be done, but wishful thinking will not deliver it


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1848986
Statistical quirks mean outstanding performances tend to be shortlived


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1848985
We Brits scoff at the French work ethic, but they get more done in less time


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1848987
Ironically workers move jobs and home less frequently than before