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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September 29, 2016, 5:33 pm, 1679690

1. Chart of the Day I (above). Thanks to the shale gas revolution and cheap natural gas, we’re in the middle of the “great reversal” as ...

September 28, 2016, 11:33 am, 1679234

This post was inspired by an analysis that Brian Wang featured last November at his Next Big Future blog that attempts to answer the question: ...

September 27, 2016, 5:33 pm, 1679043

The College Board released its 2016 SAT college-entrance test results today, see report here from the Washington Post “SAT scores fall modestly in a ...

September 26, 2016, 3:33 pm, 1678646

From S&P Dow Jones Indexes:

The index versus active debate has been a contentious subject for decades, and there are few strong believers on both sides, with the vast majority of market participants falling somewhere in between. Since its first publication 14 years ago, the SPIVA Scorecard has served as the ...

September 24, 2016, 11:33 am, 1678211

…. is from the editors of National Review in the September 12, 2016 issue:

When the cynically misnamed Affordable Care Act was passed, Democrats and their media megaphones assured the American public that this was a carefully crafted piece of policy architecture. Time would tell, and now it is telling — ...

September 24, 2016, 9:33 am, 1678192

Some interesting facts about the poor financial performance of Harvard’s $38 billion endowment, from the Boston Globe article “Harvard endowment posts 2 percent loss“:

1. ...

September 22, 2016, 9:33 pm, 1677862

The map above provides another perspective on the enormity of America’s $18 trillion economy (US GDP in 2015) by showing seven areas of the ...

September 22, 2016, 1:33 am, 1677537

Meet the mostly male (71%), mostly white (89%) leadership team at General Mills, see their bios here.

According to a recent news report from ...

September 21, 2016, 7:33 pm, 1677498

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Some excerpts from the Psychology Today article “Will We Ever Notice Boys’ Struggles?” by Mark Sherman, professor emeritus of psychology at the State University of ...