Economics Roundtable

January 2014 Payroll Employment

We are getting closer to the previous peak.

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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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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228144

Did Group of 20 ministers make any progress toward agreement on currency and "balanced growth" issues at their weekend meeting in South Korea? Based on what happened, what do you think the prospects are for the G-20 summit next month?

-- Ed Andrews, NationalJournal.com


February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228145

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228146

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228147

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228143

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228142

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228139

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228140

How much further can the housing market sink? When will it begin to rebound?

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228141

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February 20, 2014, 3:33 am, 1228138

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