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ISDS and the US

August 28th, 2018

I’ve been touting the fact, i.e., as I understand it, that this new US/Mex NAFTA agreement just struck yesterday largely gets rid of investor dispute rules (investor state dispute settlement, or ISDS) that many progressive have long complained about. (To be clear, whether this deal is going anywhere is a whole other story; I’m skeptical.)… Read more

Links; some wage thoughts

August 23rd, 2018

A few WaPo entries for your entertainment: —A deeper dive into similarities shared by Trump and Erdogan. And yet, despite their…um…sub-optimal leadership, our economy booms and Turkey’s tanks. I focus on what that has to do with a) dollars, and b) Fed independence. —My old pal Kudlow is sounding off on how the US economy… Read more

Lynx; Trump/Erdogan: compare and contrast

August 14th, 2018

Recent links to WaPo pieces: Productivity and wages: They’re connected, of course, but the extent of the connection requires nuanced analysis of wages at different percentiles and movements in labor’s share of national income. There’s an interesting dichotomy here in how economists and people think about productivity and wages. For many economists, it’s the determinant… Read more

Trump 2020 game plan: Fake Laffer, Go Keynes.

August 5th, 2018

I’m genuinely sorry to intrude on your Sunday like this, but this new forecast (no link) from the highly-skilled Goldman Sachs economic research team (GS) has me completely on shpilkes. I’ll make it brief, but not painless. Back when the tax cut passed, this figure, also from GS, previewed an important fiscal fact about to… Read more

July’s Jobs Report: Solid jobs but little wage acceleration

August 3rd, 2018

Summary: Today’s jobs report shows the U.S. labor market remains in a strong groove, with payrolls up 157,000 last month as the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.9 percent. The broader underemployment rate (“U-6”)–a more comprehensive measure of labor market slack–fell to 7.5%, its lowest rate since 2001, thanks to more part-timers finding the full-time… Read more