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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September 21, 2018, 1:09 pm, 1901513

A single unit of housing for a low-income family can cost nearly $750,000 to build in California, according to a government report that provides new details on the cost to taxpayers of building affordable housing in states with high land prices and heavy land-use regulations.

A new report from the


September 21, 2018, 7:09 am, 1901403

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at a buoyant U.S. economy, a sluggish European economy, the U.K.’s decision to play Chequers while the EU plays chess, the U.S.-Korea trade deal, Swiss contrarianism, and ...


September 20, 2018, 7:09 am, 1901066

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at the U.S. economy’s soft spot, U.S.-China trade friction and fallout, Europe’s Amazon investigation, million-dollar relocation packages, and the price of a beer during Oktoberfest.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH ...


September 19, 2018, 7:09 am, 1900766

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at the escalating U.S.-China trade fight, home improvement and higher interest rates, why employers are offering bonuses rather than raises, and where to find negative interest rates.

CALL ...


September 18, 2018, 7:09 am, 1900279

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at new U.S. tariffs, China’s response and corporate trade concerns, Larry Kudlow’s odd deficit math, and why retailers are already searching for holiday shopping-season workers. 

HOW U.S. TARIFFS ...


September 17, 2018, 7:09 am, 1899902

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at U.S.-China trade tensions, lessons from the last housing bust, a slow trickle for repatriated profits, and the limited economic fallout from hurricanes and other natural disasters. 

TRADE ...


September 14, 2018, 7:09 am, 1899371

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at worker pay amid slowing inflation, the biggest risk to the economy, another sign of a Chinese slowdown, misleading jobless claims, the fast-growing U.S. budget deficit, and ...


September 13, 2018, 7:09 am, 1899028

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at White House efforts to restart trade talks with China, a rush of central bank activity, a hawkish signal from the Fed, and (maybe not really) record ...


September 12, 2018, 7:09 am, 1898647

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Good morning. Today we look at pushback on Trump’s tariffs, a slightly softer China stance on trade, and how lots of job openings and low unemployment are encouraging workers to hop from ...


September 11, 2018, 7:09 am, 1898316

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here.

Good morning. Today we look at trade talks, White House hyperbole, a schizophrenic dollar and perhaps a little too much optimism about the economy.

NO BREAKTHROUGH

At least the U.S. and European Union are ...