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March 2017 Fed Funds Rate

What is the effect of a 0.25% change in the Fed Funds rate?.

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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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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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Carpe Diem - AEI (Mark J. Perry)

September 28, 2017, 11:43 am, 1780447

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What’s wrong with the Jones Act? Just about everything …..

…. is the conclusion of a new article by North Carolina State economics professor Thomas Grennes titled “Does the Jones Act Endanger American Seamen?” in the Fall 2017 issue of Cato’s Regulation Magazine:

Requiring Americans ...

September 25, 2017, 11:23 am, 1779147

Good question: What’s the opposite of ‘price-gouging’?

In a post at Cafe Hayek titled “What’s the Opposite of Price Gouging?” Don Boudreaux poses some excellent questions (posed to Don by his friend Roger Ream):

Q: What about the many merchants who lose consumer demand as ...

September 24, 2017, 10:34 am, 1778877

Third quarterly spelling/punctuation/grammar rant of 2017 on the misuse of it’s for its

This is my third quarterly grammar/spelling/punctuation rant of 2017, see ...

September 23, 2017, 1:03 pm, 1778748

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