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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Crisis Talk

"Policy ideas on the financial crisis”

The World Bank Group


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848326

Editor's Note: Nadia Piffaretti is an assistant to the Chief Economist at the World Bank Group and a Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President. She is the author of an upcoming paper on Reshaping the International Monetary Architecture.

The crisis has taught us that economists ought to believe ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848327

Real Time Economics interviews: Hernando de Soto talks about the effects of the crisis on the world's poorest, while our Chief Economist Justin Lin discusses China, the IMF, and stimulus packages.

Paul Kedrosky praises venture capitalists.

One quarter of US jobs are offshorable. It ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848328

A few months ago I attended a World Bank conference on Diaspora for Development, which featured several discussions about the relationship between economic crisis and migration. An important component of this relationship is, of course, remittances.

The World Bank estimates that remittance flows will drop by 7-10 percent in ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848321

One sign of crisis abatement is the downward slide of the US dollar. As the market rediscovers its appetite for risk, the dollar's appeal as a safe haven currency diminishes. Indeed, the dollar has become the de facto carry trade currency

The market has renewed its faith in emerging ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848325

Most emerging markets are having a better crisis than their G7 counterparts. One sign of robustness in emerging markets is the growing importance of their local bond markets. A new paper from Vox by Ismali Dalla and Heiko Hesse (of the IMF) takes a look at how local-currency bond markets are becoming a ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848324

Editor's note: Sebastian Weber and Charles Wyplosz are from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. They are the authors of a World Bank working paper on Exchange Rates during the Crisis.

A key leitmotiv as the financial crisis unfolded was to avoid a repeat of the policy mistakes of the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848322

European exports declined by 5.8 percent last month, the biggest drop since last January.

Understanding the European Central Bank means looking at its individual members.

The economic blogosphere really is a remarkable resource.

Bloggers at the IMF's ask, Did Islamic Banks in the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848323

The World Economic Forum has released its Financial Development Report 2009, which scores and ranks 55 of the world’s leading financial systems and capital markets according to their level of financial development. It analyzes the drivers of financial system development and economic growth in developed and developing countries to serve ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848310

"It's Alive, It's ALIVE, It's ALLLIIIIVVVE!"

The economics profession may become more mathematical, and friendlier to women.

Unemployment in the US is going to be a problem for a long time.

Commodity prices aren't really based on fundamentals like weather and geopolitics.

Lords of ...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848309

Dear Crisis Talk readers,

In an act of consolidation and collaboration, Crisis Talk is merging with the World Bank's Private Sector Development blog, where we will continue our conversation about emerging markets, finance, and the implications of the crisis.

We do not believe that the financial crisis is over and/or ...