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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Newmark’s Door (Craig Newmark)

September 21, 2018, 6:09 am, 1901383

Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Link courtesy of Michael Greenspan.


September 21, 2018, 5:48 am, 1901374

McSweeney's. Ouch. Pretty funny unless, of course, you're one of them.


September 21, 2018, 5:28 am, 1901369

How the Mafia arose from a protection racket for Sicilian lemons.


September 20, 2018, 6:09 am, 1901049

Short version: almost all of the cast makes nada. Jerry and Larry are the only ones who get a cut.


September 20, 2018, 6:09 am, 1901050

I like this one and totally agree with the author over Pollan: "Embrace the Improvements We've Made Since Your Great-Grandmother Was Cooking".


September 20, 2018, 6:09 am, 1901048

It sounds convincing, but it's still hard for me to believe that trillions of galaxies  each with trillions of stars orignated in one bit of a microsecond in one teeny-tiny bit of space. (But I don't have a better idea.)

Related: "A New Test for the Leading Big ...

September 20, 2018, 6:09 am, 1901047

"If you want to live a long time, you should stick to a hard-and-fast regimen of regular exercise and healthy food. Your sleep schedule should run like a Swiss railroad. But if you want your life to seem like it’s lasting a long time, pack it with surprises."

September 19, 2018, 5:37 pm, 1900951

"This underappreciated transformation is probably the most distinct design change to come to cars over the past half-century, and for most US cars, it happened within just a few years, starting in 1986."

September 19, 2018, 6:09 am, 1900747

 "20-Year-Olds Are Making Six Figures In West Texas And There Still Aren’t Enough Workers".

Related: "Meet the Shalennials: CEOs Under 40 Making Millions in Texas Oil".


September 19, 2018, 5:48 am, 1900739

Not the "one piece," but also of note: even vegan athletes have heart attacks.