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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Grumpy Economist (John Cochrane)


December 31, 2018, 4:43 pm, 1933147
An essay at The Hill on what to make of market volatility:

What’s causing the big drop in the stock market, and the bout of enormous volatility we’re seeing at the end of the year?

The biggest worry is that this is The Beginning of The ...


December 30, 2018, 10:43 am, 1932867
Scott Sumner has a terrific post on teaching economics. (HT Marginal Revolution)

The core ideas of economics are extremely counterintuitive and are not accepted by most people....

Non-economists also tend to reject the central ideas of basic economics, and for reasons that are not well justified. [In particular ...


December 29, 2018, 4:44 pm, 1932813
Christopher Rufo at the New York Post has an interesting article on homeless problems in Seattle. The analysis rings true of many other areas, especially San Francisco. It is also a good microcosm of how policy and law in so many social and economic areas stays so profoundly screwed ...


December 26, 2018, 11:13 am, 1932122
AWSJ opedwith J J Plecs, formerly ofRoam Analytics, which does a lot of health related data work. This is the full oped now that 30 days have passed.


The discovery that cigarettes cause cancer greatly improved human health. But that discovery didn’t happen in a lab ...