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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Economics in the News

"Geoff Riley (Head of Economics at Eton College) provides a regular commentary on economics issues and trends - essential daily reading for all economics students and teachers.”


August 17, 2018, 6:35 am, 1890939
Here is an overview of some key results statistics for A Level Economics in 2018.


August 15, 2018, 5:05 am, 1890052
This article from the BBC on the provision of public toilets struck me as an interesting talking point for students of economics (okay, you may not agree!).


August 13, 2018, 3:05 am, 1888995
A number of new books make it into my personal selection of enrichment and extension reading for A Level Economists.


August 9, 2018, 7:05 am, 1887265
The BBC's History Extra Channel has published a listing of one hundred women cited for their notable contributions to the worlds of science, politics and much else besides. Linda Yueh was asked to nominate ten women in the arena of business and economics and this link takes you to her ...


August 9, 2018, 5:25 am, 1887246
The Wall Street Journal explores some of the possible effects of the tariffs on cars coming into the US and argues that lessons from the oil shocks of the 1970s and 1980s provide some important pointers as to the likely impact.


August 7, 2018, 8:06 am, 1885935
A timely and pertinent discussion on the future for the water industry. Faiza Shaheen and Robert Colvile discuss on BBC Newsnight whether water companies should remain privatised or become nationalised instead.


August 7, 2018, 6:19 am, 1885899
How effective is aid in promoting economic growth and targeting extreme poverty reduction? In this letter to the Guardian, a number of prominent development economists - including three Nobel winners - argue that policies to tackle the real root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change are more important in the ...


August 7, 2018, 5:45 am, 1885879
A new and important report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds that people in low-income neighbourhoods are willing to travel to work but find commuting options constrained by unaffordable or unreliable public transport. Often, the cost of getting and from work is prohibitive for people in relatively poorly paid jobs.


August 7, 2018, 5:24 am, 1885872
A recent (BBC) Panorama programme focused on the chasm in years of healthy life expectancy within regions of the UK. It makes for difficult viewing but raises really important issues for public policy. The life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in England has been widening for 20 years.Poverty ...


August 6, 2018, 9:25 am, 1885456
Here is the first of a series of four new economics podcasts from the BBC. Economics with Subtitles is your everyday guide to economics and why you should care. Click here.