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


July 7, 2018, 8:39 am, 1873666

Bloomberg (“Mark Zuckerberg Tops Warren Buffett to Become the World’s Third-Richest Person“):

Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has overtaken Warren Buffett as the world’s third-richest person, further solidifying technology as the most ...


July 6, 2018, 4:38 pm, 1873575

In case that could have important implications for other Internet-based review and rating sites, the Supreme Court of California has ruled that Yelp cannot be forced to remove a ...


July 6, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1873512

As expected, the Trump Administration has imposed a new set of tariffs on goods imported from China and the Chinese have immediately responded in what is quickly descending into a ...


July 6, 2018, 10:39 am, 1873454

The jobs market for the first five months of 2018 has been, in a word, inconsistent. We saw extremely strong upticks in hiring in both January and February, for example, with ...


July 5, 2018, 9:48 am, 1873137

Since Donald Trump became President, the National Debt has increased by nearly $2 trillion and hit $21 trillion for the first time in history:

About a year ago, President Trump ...


July 3, 2018, 10:40 am, 1872687

With the Trump Administration set to potentially announce new tariffs against China by the end of the week, we’re already seeing signs of retaliation from America’s allies for the ...


July 2, 2018, 3:48 pm, 1872411

After pioneering the idea of imposing taxes on soda and other sugary drinks, California is stepping away:

The beverage industry scored a defining victory in its battle against soda taxes ...


June 26, 2018, 11:07 am, 1870742

Once lauded by President Trump as an example of the success of his deal-making skills and economic policy, Harley-Davidson has announced that they will be moving some production outside ...


June 25, 2018, 9:27 am, 1870306

The Toronto Star reports that Canadian disdain for Donald Trump is at near-universal levels:

Four out of five Canadians disapprove of U.S. President Donald Trump in the wake of an 


June 23, 2018, 10:38 am, 1870013

Just days after President Trump once against threatened to unleash new tariffs in a trade war that clearly seems to be expanding rather than heating up, The New York Times reports ...