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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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)

April 22, 2017, 7:33 am, 1740078

Here's one vote for Chapel Hill: "UNC scandal '10 times worse' than U of L strippers".


April 22, 2017, 5:34 am, 1740073

Ted Williams and Dan Marino would get my votes for saddest.


April 21, 2017, 7:33 am, 1739781

Short video worth showing to all the country's driver's ed classes.


April 21, 2017, 7:33 am, 1739780

A golden oldie worth reviewing for perspective on today's various predictions of technological doom. (7 minute video.)


April 21, 2017, 5:34 am, 1739767

Apparently glass is in.

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