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.

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Carpe Diem - AEI (Mark J. Perry)

November 20, 2018, 10:34 am, 1922663

November 19, 2018, 10:04 am, 1922246

Quotation of the day on the descent of rational discussion into darkness at UC-Berkeley…

….is from my op-ed with Sean Kennedy in today’s Washington Examiner (“At Berkeley, rational discussion descends into darkness“):

Though mob action and violence on college campuses make headlines, the trend ...

November 19, 2018, 10:04 am, 1922245

The problems with soft socialism, ‘free’ goods and services, and collective ownership

From Richard Epstein’s article for the Hoover Institution “The Problem With Soft Socialism“:

Bernie Sanders constantly pushes Medicare for all and free college tuition for all without ever understanding that ...

November 17, 2018, 10:04 am, 1921966

Markets in everything: Education where students pay tuition via an income-share agreement

From the Lambda School website:

A Revolutionary New School That Invests in You: Lambda School is a 30 week, immersive program that gives you the tools and training you need to launch ...

November 16, 2018, 10:34 pm, 1921911

Sorry, feminists, men are better at Scrabble (and at geography and math)

That’s the title (except for the parentheses) of ...

November 16, 2018, 10:04 pm, 1921909

November 15, 2018, 6:34 pm, 1921508

Best sentence I read today II… on our cartoonish, Protectionist-in-Chief….

…. is from Don Boudreaux:

It’s distressing that we have a president whose one core, unshakable economic conviction is that we are impoverished by the abundance that comes our way when our tariffs are ...

November 15, 2018, 11:03 am, 1921294

The best sentence I read today…..

…. is on crony capitalism, from today’s Wall Street Journal editorial “Amazon’s Golden Fleecing“:

Amazon staged a year-long competition to find a second headquarters beyond its Seattle home, and politicians bid for it like millionaires at a Picasso ...

November 15, 2018, 10:34 am, 1921276

November 13, 2018, 10:34 pm, 1920624

Another great moment in government overreach and nanny statism

From Lenore Skenazy’s article in Reason “Bureaucrats Consider Shutting Down Informal Play School for 2-Year-Olds Because It’s Too Safe”:

Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. may make it impossible for an informal parent group to meet. For 45 years, ...