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.”


October 14, 2018, 4:06 am, 1907280
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. It has been a very long time in coming. So long indeed, that looking forward to a meaningful revival in pay and productivity has become the...


October 7, 2018, 4:35 am, 1905517
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. And so it goes on. Businesses hoping for clarity on Brexit from the party conference season were hoping in vain. With less than six months to...


September 30, 2018, 3:24 am, 1903663
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. When America’s Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday, nobody was much surprised. The increase, the eighth since the US central bank began to move away...


September 23, 2018, 4:05 am, 1901712
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. The Labour party that gathers for its annual conference in Liverpool this weekend has a spring in its step. Across the aisle in the House of...


September 16, 2018, 3:44 am, 1899737
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. According to my well-thumbed Collins French-English dictionary, déjà vu literally translates as ‘already seen’. Mostly, however, we think of it as the sensation of having lived...


September 9, 2018, 4:06 am, 1897768
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. When looking for the real-world impact of the events of a decade ago, people who had never heard of Lehman Brothers then, and may still not...


September 2, 2018, 3:44 am, 1895746
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. We live in a time of generally low inflation, and have done for some time. That may not be true of Venezuela, once lauded by Jeremy...


August 26, 2018, 4:35 am, 1893656
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. For a chancellor there are few things more comforting than good news on the public finances. And the latest news, released a few days ago, was...


August 12, 2018, 1:04 am, 1888635
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. This is a time of year when it is customary to talk about the silly season for news, and one prominent example of it has been...


August 5, 2018, 3:24 am, 1885067
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. Lord Keynes once memorably hoped that economists should be thought of as “humble and competent” people like dentists, a statement that students of the great man...