Economics Roundtable

Database Maintenance 7/4/15

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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 .

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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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August 4, 2015, 10:04 am, 1521611
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Tom Miller reflects on 50 years of Medicare.  A slice:

Aside from the basic numbers of budgetary imbalances and continuing fiscal pressures, ...

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… is from page 8 of my colleague Chris Coyne’s superb 2008 book, After War: The Political Economy of Exporting ...

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(Don Boudreaux)

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:

Neil King reports that many prominent people agree ...

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The dominant theme of some of the great classic works in the classical-liberal tradition – books such as Ludwig ...

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(Don Boudreaux)

… is from page 39 of the 1993 Reissue edition of Darrell Huff’s classic 1954 volume, How to Lie With ...

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(Don Boudreaux)

Tim Worstall elaborates on my recent post on how Uber and other sharing-economy innovations is helping both to increase the ...

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(Don Boudreaux)

… is from pages 140-141 of 1963 Norton Library edition of the superb posthumous 1951 collection of some of

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(Don Boudreaux)

Thomas Piketty famously argues that owners of capital grab ever-larger shares of wealth, and that the single best ‘solution’ to ...