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.

RSS Feed

Newmark’s Door (Craig Newmark)

May 27, 2018, 9:07 am, 1861925

 "A lowlight reel and a highlight reel, all in one post!"

With the unBalevable goal.


May 27, 2018, 6:08 am, 1861897

With videos. Some  good ones here.


May 27, 2018, 5:27 am, 1861894

Yeah, but give the dynasties a couple more years and people will demand parity again. I've seen this movie before.


May 26, 2018, 6:38 am, 1861763

Lengthy look at the Steelers coach. (Nothing drives journalists as crazy as someone who doesn't want to talk to them.)


May 26, 2018, 5:27 am, 1861756

Game 4 against Tampa was bad. How bad? This bad:

When the Washington Capitals lost Game 4 to Tampa Bay on Thursday night, nobody in the crowd booed. Not a one that I could hear, devastating as that loss was. As they poured up aisles to the ...

May 25, 2018, 6:08 am, 1861413

 "Being famous and broke is a shitty combination." If this is even half true, it's an amazing story.

Link courtesy of Michael Greenspan.


May 25, 2018, 5:47 am, 1861392

So true.

But the most dramatic negative effect of metric fixation is its propensity to incentivise gaming: that is, encouraging professionals to maximise the metrics in ways that are at odds with the larger purpose of the organisation. 

May 25, 2018, 5:47 am, 1861391

Not something you see every day.


May 25, 2018, 5:47 am, 1861390

May 25, 2018, 5:47 am, 1861389

I'm not completely convinced. I always think that we should give the points and bet on Big Al. But, as noted here several times, quantum physics is as weird as weird gets.