Technical Problems 3/9/15
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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 .
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.
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?
The Economics Roundtable is sponsored by EconModel.
The Classic Economic Models cover micro, macro, and financial markets.
"Small steps toward a much better world”
For the first study, the students watched a 15-minute TED talk and took notes on it, then took a test on it half an hour afterward. Some of the test questions were straightforward, asking for ...
…the results reported by Clark do not reflect a universal law of social mobility. Quite ...
It used to be that airliners broke up in the sky because of small cracks in the window frames. So we fixed that. It used to be that aircraft crashed because of outward opening doors. So we fixed that. Aircraft used to fall out of the sky ...
Here is his second real blog post. Excerpt:
My greatest concern about Larry’s formulation, however, is the lack of attention to the international dimension. He focuses on factors affecting domestic capital investment and household spending. All else equal, however, the availability of profitable capital investments anywhere in the world ...
New brokerage accounts have surged since China’s bull market got running mid-2014. The number of new trading accounts hit a five-year high in early March. But as you can see in the chart above, a lot of those new investors probably aren’t the savviest.
Some 67.6% of households that opened new ...
By Robert E. Wright and Richard Sylla, Columbia Business School Publishing, this is both a beautiful picture book, coffee table style, and also a history of America’s “Big 50″ financial institutions. It appears to be a very impressive creation, full of useful information.
File under “Arrived in my Pile”! You can ...
Timothy Hicks has a new and recently published paper:
It is argued in this article that the marketisation of schools policy has a tendency to produce twin effects: an increase in educational inequality, and an increase in general satisfaction with the schooling system. However, the effect on educational inequality ...
Colin M. MacLachlan, in his splendid Imperialism and the Origins of Mexican Culture, reports:
1. Corn gruel and tamales were reinforced with fish, seeds of various kinds, fruit, and honey.
2. Beans were supplanted with meat from iguanas, armadillos, and rabbits.
3. The calcium content of corn was (and still is) ...
Bank of Bird-in-Hand is the only new bank to open in the U.S. since 2010, when the Dodd-Frank law was passed