Economics Roundtable

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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Jobs

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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March 24, 2017, 7:33 pm, 1731648

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March 23, 2017, 5:33 pm, 1731311

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March 20, 2017, 5:33 pm, 1730272

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March 18, 2017, 9:33 am, 1729809

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March 16, 2017, 5:33 pm, 1729359

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March 14, 2017, 3:33 pm, 1728564

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March 14, 2017, 1:33 pm, 1728521

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March 14, 2017, 11:33 am, 1728482

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