Economics Roundtable

March 2017 Fed Funds Rate

What is the effect of a 0.25% change in the Fed Funds rate?.

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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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Jobs

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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Newmark’s Door (Craig Newmark)


March 24, 2017, 7:33 am, 1731426

"Quirky" is, for my money, too kind.

Related: "The worst baby names in the entire world".


March 24, 2017, 5:34 am, 1731411

The most expensive one on this list supposedly cost $15 billion.


March 23, 2017, 7:33 am, 1731109

"4 Reasons for the Death of America's Car Culture".

The vibrant love between car and man that inspired an entire culture of auto devotees now seems to be dwindling. The gear-head enthusiasts will always motor on, I am sure, but what happened to the average American? Simple ...


March 23, 2017, 7:33 am, 1731110

I used this to look up the possible side effects of a medication. While there a bunch of place on the Web that provide that information, this site has some information that I don't recall seeing elsewhere. In particular, it tells you the number of complains the FDA ...


March 23, 2017, 7:33 am, 1731108

Nicely argued. Key bit:

When it comes to Jews, anti-Semitism generates the absurd. If you think capitalism is evil, you can focus on the “international banking conspiracy” led by the Rothschilds. If collectivism offends you, there is always Karl Marx to be the focus of your wrath, ...


March 22, 2017, 7:34 am, 1730720

Chester Finn is concerned about the rapid increase in "dual enrollment" classes. ("These are courses offered for college credit to students who are still enrolled in high school, typically in eleventh or twelfth grade.")


March 22, 2017, 7:34 am, 1730719

Like many people I don't sleep as well as I used to. I're read a little about melatonin--some people swear by it--and what I've read has inducedme to avoid it for now. This piece increases my wariness.


March 22, 2017, 7:34 am, 1730718

Edward Archer, a "Computational Physiologist currently serving as Chief Science Officer for EnduringFX," energetically argues "No." I agree. And I'd add that this is one of several reasons economics tends to outperform other social sciences: we don't pay much--or even any--attention to what people say about why they ...


March 22, 2017, 5:33 am, 1730683

Even after all these years, the creativity and adaptability of American businesses still startles me.


March 22, 2017, 5:33 am, 1730682

Little that I haven't read elsewhere, but if you haven't followed the recent research, this is a nice short summary.