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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Carpe Diem - AEI (Mark J. Perry)

February 11, 2016, 5:33 pm, 1607809

It’s time for another Carpe Diem quiz. Test your knowledge of recent economic news and data, most of which has been featured in recent CD posts, with this new 11-question quiz below.

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February 11, 2016, 11:33 am, 1607661

Valentine’s Day 2016 is nearly here — it will be celebrated this Sunday. Like I did last year at this time, I’ll feature in this post some of the ways that an economist says “I Love You” on that special day using charts, diagrams, graphics and economic theory. Here are ...

February 10, 2016, 11:33 pm, 1607452

In the campaign ad above for Hillary Clinton, the narrator tells us ...

February 9, 2016, 5:33 pm, 1606940

1. Chart of the Day (above). The National Restaurant Association reported last week that its monthly Restaurant Performance Index (RPI), based on a national survey ...

February 8, 2016, 1:33 pm, 1606444

… is from a radio interview with Ayn Rand in 1980, which appears in the book Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed (p. 249-250):

Throughout the history of Europe, the values and ideas of its people never changed on one basic point: Europe is a state-worshiping culture. It has ...

February 7, 2016, 5:33 pm, 1606195

There was a lot of news last week (see reports here, here and here) when the market capitalization of technology giant Google’s stock (at $547.1 billion) temporarily surpassed Apple’s market cap of $529.3 billion on Tuesday to become the world’smost ...

February 6, 2016, 1:33 pm, 1606029

Today is President Ronald Reagan’s birthday, he was born on February 6 in 1911 and would have been 105 years old today. Here are a few items to honor and celebrate the birthday of President Reagan.

1. Amazingly, in the entire history of the United ...

February 5, 2016, 7:33 pm, 1605909

The Venn diagram above was inspired by Don Boudreaux’s post yesterday (“Groupthink“) on the Cafe Hayek blog, here’s an excerpt of Don responding to a a comment by Thomas Hutcheson on a prevoius Cafe Hayek post (emphasis mine):

Trade-offs exist always. No minimum-wage ...

February 5, 2016, 5:33 pm, 1605881

Buried in today’s Employment Situation report from the BLS for January jobs data were these factoids and job market milestones:

1. Total US civilian employment topped 150 million jobs in January (150,544,000), for the first time ever. Previously, civilian employment in the ...

February 3, 2016, 7:33 pm, 1605099

1. Chart of the Day I (above). Based on recently released international macroeconomic data from the United Nations for 2014, China was again the world’s largest manufacturing nation in 2014. China’s manufacturing output first surpassed US factory output in 2010, and ...