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.


RSS Feed

Moneyness (JP Koning)


May 24, 2018, 9:46 am, 1861045

Ken Rogoff has famously called for a ban on high denomination banknotes in order to help combat tax evasion and hurt criminals. But rather than ...


May 10, 2018, 2:38 am, 1855123
Mavrodi "biletov"
In this post I'm going to outline a case for bitcoin. I still think bitcoin is a bad medium ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849458


Data on the world's biggest monetary event of the 21st century—Narendra Modi's demonetization—continues to trickle in. The Reserve Bank of India's just published its annual report (pdf) ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849447
50 SEK banknote issued by the Riksbank in 1960
"Do we need an eKrona?" asks Stefan Ingves, the Governor of the ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849446
Jim Chanos, famous short seller. We are all Jim Chanos.

Most people find the idea of short-selling to be incomprehensible. Buy ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849448
LSD tabs like these ones have an incredibly high value-to-weight ratio

When bitcoin first appeared, it was supposed to be used ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849443
Freigeld, or stamp scrip, is designed to pay negative interest, but it can be re-purposed to pay positive interest.
Remember when ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849442


Production of the European Central Bank's €500 notes is scheduled to come to an end later this year. But a chart of the quantity of €500 ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849444


David Beckworth argues that the U.S. Federal Reserve should stop running a floor system and adopt a corridor system, say like the one that the Bank of Canada ...


April 30, 2018, 8:07 pm, 1849445
Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan

The value of all outstanding XRPs recently surpassed that of bitcoin, hitting $300 billion or so last ...