Economics Roundtable

Technical Problems 1/21/15

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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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Newmark’s Door (Craig Newmark)

March 4, 2015, 9:33 am, 1433298

By Deirdre McCloskey and it's a tour de force in a small space.

I don't agree--small corruption might be "O,K." but large-scale corruption is not. And cutting the federal government would go a long way to solving the problem. 

But it's an impressive piece: Jay Cost is wrong, Samuel Bryan ...

March 4, 2015, 7:33 am, 1433203

That's consistent with my reading.

But you can't argue with his guy's advice, either: "The Brutally Honest 6 Reasons You Are Still Overfat". (Link via Instapundit.)

March 4, 2015, 7:33 am, 1433204

"Falling oil prices are no longer a threat to Texas."

We'll see, but the author makes a pretty convincing case.

March 4, 2015, 7:33 am, 1433201

Great things could well be coming.

Sing along with Ol' Blue Eyes: "The Best is Yet To Come".

March 4, 2015, 7:33 am, 1433202

From the BBC, highlighting the research of John Leach, University of Portsmouth.

So the only reliable way to shortcut this kind of impaired thinking, most survival experts agree, is by preparing for an emergency in advance. . . . Typically, survivors survive not because they are braver or ...

March 3, 2015, 7:33 am, 1432411

Of the two India's the one I'd bet on.

March 3, 2015, 7:33 am, 1432410

The Chicago Sun-Times asks for a little honesty from the mayoral candidates.

Needless to say I agree. The country would be a lot better if politicians just stopped lying so much.

March 3, 2015, 7:33 am, 1432409

Ironman at Political Calcuations presents some interesting data on Wisconsin's recent economic performance

And as a former academic, I found this bit especially interesting:

In Fall 2009, the University of Wisconsin-Madison employed 2,017 faculty and 16,507 administrative staff. In Fall 2010, funded in part by Governor ...

March 3, 2015, 7:33 am, 1432407

Actually, they don't. Meet "immortal time bias."

March 3, 2015, 7:33 am, 1432408

Larry Kotlikoff has co-authored a new book on the subject. I recommend it, especially if you don't know about "declare and suspend" and "spousal benefits"