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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David Smith’s EconomicsUK.com

"The personal website of David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times, London.”


June 17, 2018, 4:05 am, 1868130
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. Today, away from the parliamentary kerfuffle over Brexit, Donald Trump’s dangerous protectionist rhetoric, higher interest rates in America, the prospective end in December of quantitative easing...


June 10, 2018, 3:04 am, 1866039
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. When Philip Hammond announced that he was scrapping the spring budget and the autumn statement in favour of an annual autumn budget, many people applauded. A...


June 3, 2018, 3:44 am, 1864011
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. Whatever else 2018 brings it is already on course to be a year to forget for Britain’s retailers, closely followed by casual-dining restaurant chains. It may...


May 27, 2018, 3:24 am, 1861884
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. It is comforting when normal service is resumed, by which I mean that Italy has taken its rightful place as the number one worry for the...


May 20, 2018, 5:04 am, 1859518
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. After Ben Broadbent got into hot water a few days ago for his clumsy metaphor, I am determined today not to follow the Bank of England...


May 6, 2018, 4:05 am, 1853205
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. When it comes to bright spots for Britain’s economy over the past couple of years, probably the best place to look has been in Britain’s factories....


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848524
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. I always try to start a new year in a mood of good cheer, and it is only in the past few days that I have...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848523
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. Recently I was at a meeting in which someone was extolling the virtues of French infrastructure, its railways, its (toll) motorways and an energy sector which...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848522
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. In the spirit of Anglo-French co-operation of recent days, which included a Sandhurst summit and the offer by President Macron of a loan to this country...


April 30, 2018, 8:05 pm, 1848521
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. If it is winter, there must be a National Health Service crisis, and indeed there is. There was one last year, which was described by the...