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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News from 1930

"Being a daily summary based upon my reading of the Wall Street Journal from the corresponding day in 1930.”


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849567

Note: Sorry for the delay in posting, but as you'll see this day was a pretty eventful one with about double the normal quota of news, and I didn't want to skimp on the coverage because of the significance of the events. Also, I'd ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849568
(Hopefully the first of a regular feature.)

Important note: None of this is intended as investment advice - please do your own due ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849569
Assorted historical stuff:

Editorial: While Americans are confident in men like W. Gifford and O. Young as the leaders of unemployment relief, “it is devoutly to be hoped that soon they will be ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849570

(Hopefully the first of a regular feature.)

One of my favorite things about doing this blog has been coming across the amazing ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849566
Continuing my little series on the amazing forgotten performers and artists of 1930. Our second Forgotten Genius is the extremely talented funnyman Eddie Cantor. It's ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849565
British crisis special:

“Great Britain's second day off the gold standard, as far as the man in the street was concerned, found the country carrying on under the war-time slogan 'business as ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849562
A commenter with the memorable ID of Pants-Happy recently asked to see a certain full-page Packard ad that I had referred to earlier. I find quite a few of the ads I come across from the 1930's to be noteworthy either for content or graphic design, which is why ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849563
[Note: Sorry for the gap in posting the past month - have been busy on some other projects. Will try and get back on a more regular schedule this month.]

British crisis update:


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849564

After writing my recent note on Eddie Cantor, I did a search on Amazon and was delighted to find that “Caught Short: ...


April 30, 2018, 8:08 pm, 1849561
British crisis update:

Sterling continued to decline, opening at $3.91 and sagging to $3.81 (vs. $4.10 on Wed. and $4.85 the previous week); rest of the foreign currency list was unsettled, though francs and Swiss ...