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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September 20, 2018, 5:03 am, 1901034



(p. A11) New York

"I rarely have an urge to whisper," says George Gilder--loudly--as he settles onto a divan by the window of his Times Square hotel room. I'd asked him to speak as audibly as possible into my recording device, and his response, while literal, could ...


September 19, 2018, 5:03 am, 1900725



(p. A17) . . . , the men and women who go to work each day in e-commerce fulfillment centers are much better-equipped with information technology--and therefore more productive and better-paid. Our research shows that fulfillment center weekly wages are 31% higher on average than brick-and-mortar ...


September 1, 2018, 5:03 am, 1895647



(p. A1) Americans looking to land a first job or break into a dream career face their best odds of success in years.

Employers say they are abandoning preferences for college degrees and specific skill sets to speed up hiring and broaden the pool of job candidates. Many ...


August 30, 2018, 5:03 am, 1894965



(p. A3) The construction business is having trouble attracting young job seekers.

The share of workers in the sector who are 24 years old or younger has declined in 48 states since the last housing boom in 2005, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by Issi ...


August 29, 2018, 5:03 am, 1894589



(p. C4) LONDON -- One recent evening at a London pub, Piotr Mirowski, 39, stood in front of several dozen comedy fans to prove that an artificially intelligent computer program could perform improvised comedy.


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Despite all the improvements, Mr. Mirowski said working with ...


August 12, 2018, 5:03 am, 1888693



(p. B1) JINJIANG, China -- With a dragnet closing in, engineers at a Taiwanese chip maker holding American secrets did their best to conceal a daring case of corporate espionage.

As the police raided their offices, human resources workers gave the engineers a warning to scramble and get rid ...


August 11, 2018, 5:03 am, 1888432



(p. 16) In "The Perfectionists," Simon Winchester celebrates the unsung breed of engineers who through the ages have designed ever more creative and intricate machines. He takes us on a journey through the evolution of "precision," which in his view is the major driver of what we experience ...


August 10, 2018, 5:03 am, 1887948



(p. A23) The products of a company called HireVue, which are used by over 600 companies including Nike, Unilever and even Atlanta Public Schools, allow employers to interview job applicants on camera, using A.I. to rate videos of each candidate according to verbal and nonverbal cues. The company's ...


August 4, 2018, 5:03 am, 1884851



(p. A21) Data confirm the "gig economy" is taking off--or do they? A 2017 Upwork study found that 36% of the labor force engaged in some form of contract or freelance work in 2017. In 2015 the Mercatus Center counted 1099-MISC and W-2 tax forms, which report ...


July 29, 2018, 5:03 am, 1881437



(p. B4) Some Phoenix-area residents have been hailing rides in minivans with no drivers and no human safety operators inside. But that doesn't mean they're on their own if trouble arises.

From a command center, employees at Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo driverless-car unit monitor the test vehicles on computer ...