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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Carpe Diem (Mark J. Perry)

"Mark J. Perry’s Blog for Economics and Finance”

July 15, 2018, 2:34 pm, 1876099

July 14, 2018, 3:23 pm, 1875996

Venn diagram of the day on trade as a form of technology

It’s important to remember that “international trade is nothing but ...

July 14, 2018, 11:03 am, 1875984

Some great insights on the non-obvious case for free trade from Cato’s Dan Ikenson

Some great insights on trade from Dan Ikenson’s excellent 2016 article “Trade on Trial, Again“:

The case for free trade is not obvious. The benefits of trade are dispersed and ...

July 14, 2018, 11:03 am, 1875983

The best sentence I read today…..

…. is another classic on trade from Don Boudreaux:

Indeed, tariffs and other trade restrictions are nothing other than thuggery and theft camouflaged with faux-sophisticated excuses woven into layers and layers of costumes that fool the eyes of ...

July 13, 2018, 6:34 pm, 1875897

July 13, 2018, 3:03 pm, 1875854

July 12, 2018, 11:23 pm, 1875604

You might be a protectionist….

…. If you think Americans should produce and export more of our goods for the advantage of foreigner consumers in exchange for foreigners producing and exporting fewer of their goods for the advantage of American consumers

.… If you think you’re better ...

July 12, 2018, 7:03 pm, 1875586

Quotation of the day on how trade works……

…… is from Princeton economics professor Alan Blinder’s op-ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal “A Brief Introduction to Trade Economics“:

Let’s review three important truths about international trade that, unfortunately, are not yet self-evident to President Trump. First, ...

July 12, 2018, 6:34 pm, 1875582

Satirical humor from the pages of the Babylon Bee website

Some good satirical reports here from the Babylon Bee:

1. Socialist Professor Refuses Salary, Frees Himself From Bonds Of Capitalism:

PORTLAND, OR—According to reports from Portland State University, political science professor and ...

July 12, 2018, 5:43 pm, 1875568