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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The Aleph Blog (David Markel)


September 16, 2018, 1:49 am, 1899733

Photo Credit: Alane Golden || Sad but true — the crisis was all about bad monetary policy, a housing bubble, and poor bank risk management======================

There are a lot of ...


September 5, 2018, 2:10 pm, 1896749

Photo Credit: Heather Wizell || Ah, Wallstrip with Lindsay Campbell (look at the microphone…)

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Here’s another article that I edited at The Balance: Short Selling Stocks- Not ...


September 1, 2018, 9:09 pm, 1895736

Photo Credit: Bernard Spragg. NZ || Ah, Hong Kong. Home to speculation and Investment.

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One thing to do at The Balance is fix old articles.  This article compares speculators and investors.  What I ...


September 1, 2018, 1:09 am, 1895630

Photo credit: miltarymark2007

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I published another article at The Balance: Considering Event-Driven Investing.  This is one place where writing in the third person leaves a lot out.  I’ve done a ...


August 24, 2018, 2:10 am, 1893218

Photo Credit: michel D’anastasio

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In my view, these were my best posts written between May 2017 and July 2017:

The Biggest Problems For Investors Today

The “two-minute question” with a half hour ...


August 22, 2018, 2:10 am, 1892393

Photo Credit: Renaud Camus

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In my view, these were my best posts written between February 2017 and April 2017:

Problems with Constant Compound Interest (6)

It is very difficult to get a high real rate ...


August 21, 2018, 3:09 am, 1891969

Photo Credit: michel D’anastasio

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In my view, these were my best posts written between November 2016 and January 2017:

When I was a Boy…

Can lessons from the distant past illumine the ...


August 16, 2018, 11:10 pm, 1890891

Photo Credit: michel D’anastasio

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In my view, these were my best posts written between August 2016 and October 2016:

What to do when Ethics are Discouraged

Eight ways to promote ethics ...


August 11, 2018, 12:10 am, 1888374

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk

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For about two months, I wondered when I would write this.  Now I know… I’m writing it now.  To all my readers, I am letting you know that ...


August 10, 2018, 11:09 pm, 1888364

Photo Credit: michel D’anastasio

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In my view, these were my best posts written between May 2016 and July 2016:

You Can Get Too Pessimistic

In general, I think there is no value in preparing for ...