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.”


December 14, 2018, 10:37 am, 1929408
This 'Loose Change' activity tests knowledge of the foundations of economics such as the Economic Problem and Opportunity Cost


December 14, 2018, 4:07 am, 1929298
Here's the last weekly Economics Quiz for 2018. Good luck!


December 13, 2018, 2:07 am, 1928949
Here is a behavioural nudge from Barclays that might just be a game-changer in introducing frictions into the spending choices that people make.


December 12, 2018, 7:06 pm, 1928911
Economists have long argued that an effective way of reducing carbon emissions is by increasing taxes on energy consumption. This year’s Noble Laureate, Bill Nordhaus, advocated a global carbon tax over forty years ago. ...


December 12, 2018, 4:37 am, 1928668
We're delighted to announce the immediate availability of the complete series of Economics Knowledge Books for Edexcel Themes 1, 2, 3 & 4.


December 11, 2018, 4:21 am, 1928307
An excellent piece here in the Guardian for dissecting some of the supply-side weaknesses brought about by under-performing management especially in family-run mid-sized firms.


December 11, 2018, 4:21 am, 1928306
Contestable markets and mobile payment technology are in action here! Amazon is looking to expand their "bricks and mortar footprint" with a move into airport retail seemingly on the cards. But there are some barriers to entry to overcome first.


December 10, 2018, 10:07 am, 1928090
Chris Giles from the Financial Times looks at some of the assumptions behind the recent analysis from the Treasury and the Bank of England on the likely macroeconomic impact of Brexit. He argues that the forecasts help us to think about the biggest question - is Brexit really worth the ...


December 10, 2018, 10:07 am, 1928089
Here is a revision video working through a draft answer to this question: "Evaluate the micro and macro effects of a policy that caps the level of executive pay."


December 9, 2018, 2:37 pm, 1927875
Here are ten examples of direct and indirect taxes in the UK> Test your knowledge of how much is taxed for each example!