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


September 19, 2018, 2:39 pm, 1900899

In addition to the expected economic impact, it also appears that the President’s trade policies have had the effect of increasing Chinese influence and prestige around the world:

Since trade tensions ...


September 18, 2018, 2:09 pm, 1900558

As expected, late yesterday after the close of the market on Wall Street, the White House announced a new round of tariffs on China totaling some ...


September 17, 2018, 3:28 pm, 1900122

While much of the nation’s attention is focused on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the allegations that have been made against ...


September 13, 2018, 9:28 am, 1899076

With just about a month to go in the current Fiscal Year, the Federal Budget Deficit has soared to close to $1 trillion:

The federal deficit hit $895 billion in ...


September 10, 2018, 6:39 am, 1897924

Les Moonves, the longtime Chief Executive Officer of CBS, has stepped down amid yet another example of the fallout of the revelation of sexual harassment allegations in the wake ...


September 7, 2018, 10:39 am, 1897421

So far this year, the word governing the jobs market has been “inconsistent.” At the start of the year, in both January and February we saw numbers that, notwithstanding the fact that most of ...


September 5, 2018, 11:48 am, 1896594

September 4, 2018, 10:39 am, 1896193

In the wake of the shooting this past February at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, there were a number of calls made for changes in the law. The most prominent ...


September 3, 2018, 12:09 pm, 1895988

Michael Schulman has a thoughtful response to an annoying Internet meme: “The Shaming of Geoffrey Owens and the Inability to See Actors as Laborers, Too.”

Not long ago, I was visiting the set ...


September 2, 2018, 1:08 pm, 1895810

British Prime Minister Theresa May is hitting back on critics of her Brexit strategy:

Theresa May pledged she would not be “pushed into accepting compromises” on the Brexit plan agreed ...