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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"Helping to Simplify Economics”

January 16, 2017, 5:23 am, 1710804
Definition of automation

Automation refers to the process of automatically producing goods through the use of robots, control systems and other appliances with minimal direct human operation.

Within manufacturing industries, automation has led to increased labour productivity as fewer workers are needed to produce the same number of manufactured goods.

A perceived ...

January 9, 2017, 5:23 am, 1708796

Rational expectations is an economic theory that states – when making decisions, individual agents will base their decisions on the best information available and learn from past trends.

Rational expectations is the best guess for the future.

Rational expectations suggests that although people may be wrong some of the time, on average ...

January 7, 2017, 5:23 am, 1708467

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December 15, 2016, 9:23 am, 1702858

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December 14, 2016, 9:23 am, 1702502

After the UK’s decision to leave the EU, what economic problems will it face?

Summary of problems

Devaluation of Pound Sterling, increasing price of imported goods, such as food, oil, manufacturers and domestic inflation. Decline in capital flows as UK is seen as more risky place to invest and save. Decline in inward investment. ...

December 13, 2016, 7:23 am, 1702092

A look at the economic impact of falling house prices.

Readers Question: Explain why a decrease in the price of houses can lead the economy to experience a recession.

In summary: falling house prices reduce consumers’ main form of wealth. This tends to cause lower spending and lower economic growth due ...

December 10, 2016, 7:23 am, 1701439

Since the financial crisis, we have seen an unprecedented stagnation / decline in real wages. This decline has been most noticeable for low income workers, with growing levels of inequality.

The decline / stagnation in real wages is a global phenomena – though some countries have been more affected than ...

December 9, 2016, 5:23 am, 1701173

Readers Question: I’m an American, and I have a question on tariffs. Donald Trump has said he will place a tariff on all Chinese steel, and on Mexican cars. My question is, “Are tariffs still useful, and if so, why not put tariffs on all cars from Japan, Korea, Mexico, ...

December 3, 2016, 7:23 am, 1699469

Mobility of labour refers to how easily workers can move to different jobs within the economy. The two main factor of labour mobility are:

Geographical mobility – how easy is for a worker to move between different regions and countries to seek new work. Occupational mobility – how easy is it for ...

December 2, 2016, 5:23 am, 1699164

Shrinkflation occurs when firms reduce the size or quantity of a good and keep prices the same.

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