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 12, 2018, 7:46 am, 1898667


When the latest report on the employment situation arrived last week, most commentary focused either on job creation (a ...


September 11, 2018, 10:36 am, 1898399

Last week, a Texas judge heard oral arguments in a case brought by state attorneys general against the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The suit aims to ...


August 25, 2018, 7:25 am, 1893592

In a recent editorial for the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman plays the red scare card against Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All (M4A) plan, which he ...


August 15, 2018, 8:06 am, 1890109
The EPA has released a proposed rule that would freeze corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards at 37 miles per gallon, rather than allowing them to rise to ...


August 14, 2018, 1:45 pm, 1889771

In a recent post, I questioned Henry David Thoreau’s aphorism, “That government is best which governs least.” The data, it seems, show something different. Countries ...


August 2, 2018, 1:45 pm, 1883856
An op-ed by Angela Rachidi and Robert Doar in Real Clear Policy, reprinted on the American Enterprise Institute’s blog, challenges some points I made about the effects ...


August 1, 2018, 10:06 am, 1883066

Libertarians are fond of quoting Henry David Thoreau’s aphorism, “That government is best which governs least.” Thoreau was evidently paraphrasing his contemporary John O’Sullivan, ...


July 28, 2018, 3:05 pm, 1881346


The Council of Economic Advisers recently released a report that began with the startling statement that the War on Poverty is over ...


July 24, 2018, 7:46 am, 1878841

On July 12, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers released a report titled “Expanding Work Requirements in Non-Cash Welfare Programs” in response to an April 2018 ...


July 5, 2018, 8:06 am, 1873114

America’s progressives are right when they say we need a health care system that guarantees everyone affordable access to essential care, asks everyone to pay their ...