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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June 18, 2014, 7:23 am, 1287859

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

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June 12, 2014, 7:23 am, 1285326

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June 11, 2014, 7:23 am, 1284686

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

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June 9, 2014, 5:23 am, 1283450

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June 2, 2014, 5:23 am, 1280292

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

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June 2, 2014, 5:23 am, 1280291

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

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May 29, 2014, 7:23 am, 1278843

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


May 28, 2014, 7:23 am, 1278186

Unemployment in many European countries has risen sharply due to the credit crunch and global recession. The worst hit countries include Spain (ES) and Greece (EL), who both have unemployment rates of over 25%. Unemployment rate in the Eurozone area: ...


May 28, 2014, 5:23 am, 1278118

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.

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May 26, 2014, 7:23 am, 1277278

What policies can a government use to reduce pollution?

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