Economics Roundtable

May 2014 Payroll Employment

After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.

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Jobs

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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August 14, 2014, 5:23 am, 1318306

Readers question: Why cannot politics and economics be seen in isolation?

Economics is concerned with studying and influencing the economy. Politics is the theory and practice of influencing people through the exercise of power, e.g. governments, elections and political parties.

In theory, economics ...


August 12, 2014, 9:23 am, 1316915

The UK national debt is the total amount of money the British government owes to the private sector and other purchasers of UK gilts.

At the end of June 2014, public sector net debt (excluding financial interventions (PSND ex) was £1,304.6 billion, ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312066

Readers Question: How do bond spreads affect the value of the Dollar or Euro?

A bond yield refers to the interest payment that you receive from holding the bond yield. If the yield is 4%, you can expect £4 a year from ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312068

The rise of UKIP and Euro-scepticism in the UK inspired me to have another look at an old blog post – Benefits of the European Union.

I’ve spent the past four years criticising the economic policy of the EU, and more ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312065

Readers Question: what are the advantages and disadvantages of inflation?

Inflation occurs when there is a sustained increase in the general price level. Traditionally high inflation rates are considered to be damaging to an economy. High inflation creates uncertainty and can wipe ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312067

Most firms seek to become bigger – increasing sales and market share. Firms can grow through internal expansion, external growth (merger) or diversification into related industries. The motives for increasing in size can include:

Greater sales lead to greater profit, making the firm more attractive to shareholders Successful, growing firms are likely ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312063

Readers Questions: I want to know the economic reason behind:

Summer/Winter vacations in school?
or: Why we have summer/winter vacations in school.

This is an interesting question, especially as I have just finished teaching for the year and begun the long summer ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312061

Readers question: Why does Hollywood make so many superheroes movies nowadays? What can be the economics behind it?

I’m not really a movie goer. I think the last Superhero move I watched was the original Superman back in the days when Coal ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312062

An economic good is a good or service that has a benefit (utility) to society. Also economic goods have a degree of scarcity and therefore an opportunity cost. This is in contrast to a free good (like air, sea ...


August 5, 2014, 7:23 pm, 1312064

On campaign in the early 1800s, Napoleon approached a hostelry on the slopes of  Col du Pin Bouchain near Roanne. (BTW: the Col du Pin Bouchain at 759m was the first mountain ever used in the Tour de France in the ...