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.”


December 16, 2018, 4:37 am, 1929700
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. It would be easy at this moment to despair. Political stability is something we usually take for granted in this country; governments acting in the national...


December 9, 2018, 3:46 am, 1927773
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. How do you like your uncertainty? Like bad luck, it comes in threes. There is the uncertainty of whether the prime minister can survive this week’s...


December 2, 2018, 4:06 am, 1925718
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. When does a flurry turn into an avalanche? We have certainly had a flurry of economic assessments of the consequences of leaving the European Union in...


November 25, 2018, 3:25 am, 1923695
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. One of the most enduring characteristics of the UK economy is its regional imbalances. I should know. I wrote a book about North-South divisions as long...


November 18, 2018, 3:25 am, 1922012
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. It is easy these days to think that you have wandered into a strange nightmare from which there is no waking up. For many of our...


November 11, 2018, 3:45 am, 1919361
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. This is a moment of history. The Great War itself went slowly, painfully so, but the period since we were marking 100 years from its start,...


November 4, 2018, 3:36 am, 1915866
My regular column is available to subscribers on www.thesundaytimes.co.uk This is an excerpt. You might think after the week we have just had that my cup runneth over. You wait a long time for a budget, and then we...


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...