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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ArgMax (John Irons)

"Economics News, Data, and Analysis”

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847953

We're hiring a labor economist at EPI... see link for details on how to apply...

Employment opportunities at EPI

Living Standards/Labor Economist

The Economic Policy Institute is looking for an experienced economist for our flagship Living Standards program. In that position, the successful candidate would work with the Living Standards team to ...

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847954

Romer/Bernstein estimate job impact to be between 3 and 4 million... see The Job Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847955

Just posted at EPI...

A rescue plan for Main Street

A package that provides funding for infrastructure, aid to states, and other provisions would begin to reverse our economic course by creating jobs while meeting national priorities. The package should also include a down-payment on longer-term reforms, as well. This memo ...

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847956

The GAO is out with its first report on the Treasury's TARP/CPP program. Implementing the transparency and accountability requirements should be a high priority for the new administration.

(Also, be sure to check out the nifty TED spread chart on page 50, and the bond-treasury spread on 51. And, if you ...

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847952

Views of Income Taxes Among Most Positive Since 1956

A new Gallup Poll finds 48% of Americans saying the amount of federal income taxes they pay is "about right," with 46% saying "too high" -- one of the most positive assessments Gallup has measured since 1956. Typically, a majority of ...

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847951

John Irons (jsirons) on Twitter


Now live on Twitter...

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847948

Best idea I've heard in a while...

ยป Create Your Own "Extended Warranty Fund"

Create an "extended warranty fund" Instead of buying warranty after warranty, why not create an "extended warranty fund." In other words, whenever a retailer offers you an extended warranty, simply transfer that amount of money into ...

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847949

I've been trying to track this article down for months... must read for those interested in setting the record straight.

Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach -

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847950

April 30, 2018, 8:04 pm, 1847947

Making minor improvements... but want to redesign to incorporate twitter, posterous.

Also thinking about moving from movable type to a hosted platform to better cross-post.