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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DataPoints:  The Dismal Scientist

"A free and open exchange on the economy, and other things.”

by Moody’s Economy.com, a division of Moody’s Analytics.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848520

Mark Zandi talks with the New York Times' David Leonhardt about the U.S. housing market's current woes:

Q. I’m struck at how much higher the rent ratio still is in many places, relative to its average from 1990 to 2010. It’s about 18 in Washington (relative ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848484

The risks are rising, but skilled policy can keep the U.S. out of recession, Mark Zandi tells CBS News


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848485

As the economy teeters, what role is there for policy? Mark Zandi discusses the latest developments with Ezra Klein and Jared Bernstein on MSNBC.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848486

Monetary policy

The Federal Reserve has aggressively eased monetary policy in response to the turmoil in financial markets and weaker economy. Policymakers have all but promised to keep the federal funds rate target effectively at zero through mid-2013.

Long-term interest rates have fallen significantly in response, with fixed mortgage rates closing in ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848483

Policymakers can and likely will do more to support the economy, Mark Zandi tells Bloomberg News.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848481

Export-dependent economies such as the Philippines are vulnerable to external shocks, Katrina Ell tells Bloomberg News.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848478

After a string of bleak numbers, the outlook is looking dimmer but not hopeless. Mark Zandi discusses with CNBC.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848479

U.S. payrolls were flat in August, and the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1%. Mark Zandi discusses the numbers with CNBC.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848480

The latest FOMC minutes show the central bank trimming its view of U.S. potential growth, Mark Zandi tells CNBC.


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848482

How did Hurricane Irene affect the U.S. economic landscape? Ryan Sweet examines the impact on PBS' Nightly Business Report (starts at 6:00 minutes).