Economics Roundtable

May 2014 Payroll Employment

After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.

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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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April 10, 2016, 12:34 pm, 1625328
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March 19, 2016, 10:34 am, 1619318
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March 7, 2016, 10:34 pm, 1615725
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March 5, 2016, 2:34 am, 1615135
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March 1, 2016, 4:34 pm, 1613880
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January 10, 2016, 12:34 pm, 1597576
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January 5, 2016, 12:34 am, 1595902
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October 17, 2015, 12:34 am, 1559611
Sendhil Mullainathan is one of the most thoughtful people in the economics profession, but he has a recent piece in the New York Times with which I really must take issue.
Citing data on the racial breakdown of arrests and deaths at ...

September 29, 2015, 10:34 pm, 1550984
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July 5, 2015, 12:34 am, 1502034
In the wake of Indiana's passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the following stickers have started appearing on storefronts across the state: