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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Outside the Beltway


November 13, 2018, 8:40 am, 1920227

After a nearly year-long search during which bids were received from virtually every major metropolitan area in the country, Amazon has selected two East Coast locations for its second ...


November 3, 2018, 9:29 am, 1915773

In an ordinary election year, the President in power and his party would be emphasizing the good things about their time in office. In the case of President Trump, that would arguably ...


November 2, 2018, 11:09 am, 1915376

So far this year, the word governing the jobs market has been “inconsistent.” In January and February we saw numbers that, notwithstanding the fact that most of the nation was undergoing a ...


October 29, 2018, 12:40 pm, 1912970

Donald Trump’s trade war with China appears to be helping, well, China:

President Trump has said he started a trade war to create jobs in America. But foreign carmakers that ...


October 27, 2018, 10:40 am, 1912560

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the U.S. economy grew slightly faster than expected in the 3rd quarter of the year, but the numbers indicate that we’re not seeing ...


October 27, 2018, 9:18 am, 1912553

Just days after a conversation on her weekday morning show during which she made comments questioning why it would be wrong for children or adults to wear blackface on ...


October 23, 2018, 9:29 am, 1910347

When 2018 began, Republicans were pinning their hopes for foregoing big losses in the midterm elections on the tax cut plan that was passed by Congress back in November, with just two ...


October 18, 2018, 10:40 am, 1908810

President Trump and the Republicans have been in power for just twenty-two months, and they’re already breaking records when it comes to budget deficits:

America’s budget deficit ballooned to $779 ...


October 16, 2018, 6:10 am, 1907990

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with close friend Bill Gates, has died at the age of 65:

Paul G. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft who helped usher in the personal ...


October 15, 2018, 9:29 am, 1907494

For the better part of the past year, President Trump has been engaged in what can only be called the most wide-ranging and radical re-writing of the norms of international trade since ...