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)

July 16, 2018, 6:39 am, 1876208

Terrific--albeit very discouraging--modern example of Bastiat's seen versus the unseen.

Well, in my view, it’s already ended. This young couple from a modest background has all the potential in the world. They’re both ambitious, intelligent, and very good at a valuable skill. They’re devoted to their family, ...

July 16, 2018, 6:09 am, 1876200

Sooner or later there will be a reckoning and the usual people will shriek "Why didn't somebody warn us?". As usual.

Related: "San Francisco: Poster-Child For The Failure Of U.S. Cities' Blue Model".

July 16, 2018, 6:09 am, 1876199

In the New York Times(!) a "counselor to the Treasury secretary in the Obama administration"(!!) explodes a long-standing, pernicious myth


July 16, 2018, 5:47 am, 1876191

If Senator Warren runs in 2020, she should have to answer this.


July 16, 2018, 5:47 am, 1876190

"If monopolies are bad, then public schooling is possibly the worst kind of monopoly."


July 16, 2018, 5:28 am, 1876189

An instructive story.

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July 15, 2018, 6:09 am, 1876034

The late John Pinette with a funny two minutes.


July 15, 2018, 5:27 am, 1876029

Made me smile.

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July 14, 2018, 6:08 am, 1875946

I've seen the great majority of these--I've missed the two 50's entries--and I enjoyed almost all the ones I've seen. (Lucky Logan not, but maybe I didn't pay enough attention.)


July 14, 2018, 5:28 am, 1875945

Good weekend reading: they'll be studying Theranos in B-schools for decades.