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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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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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July 2, 2014, 11:23 pm, 1295741
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July 2, 2014, 11:23 pm, 1295742
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July 2, 2014, 11:23 pm, 1295734
This is not appropriate for use in high schools. However, those of you who teach at the college or university level may find this helpful.  Econgirl at EconomistsDoItWithModels has a great illustration of non-price determinants of demand with the help of "the most interesting man in the world."

July 2, 2014, 11:23 pm, 1295735
If you discuss the Chevy Volt with your students, you might want to use this. (HT to Carpe Diem.)

July 2, 2014, 11:23 pm, 1295736
Greg Mankiw posts a great piece from a colleague at the University of Chicago.

Generation Gap Alert: I just talked about this with my freshmen at one of the universities where I teach. None of them knew the Abbott & Costello routine "Who's on First?"  Consequently, you may ...

July 2, 2014, 11:23 pm, 1295733
Our natural propensity to "truck and barter" as Adam Smith would say:

(HT to Greg Mankiw)