Archive for the ‘New Posts’ Category

Sharing the wealth, or at least the compensation

July 30th, 2019

Twitter econ asked for my historical ECI series, so here you go. See tab “finaltbl.” For columns B and C–pvt industry–I do a small splice re older data which you can track through the spreadsheet. For cols D & E–these are “all civilian” and are the series we use for our wage mashup–I don’t bother… Read more

No question, the unemployment rate paints an incomplete picture…and yet…

July 15th, 2019

It’s long been understood by anyone trying to assess the labor market that the unemployment rate is, by itself, not up to the task. Most importantly, it leaves out those not looking for work, but it’s also not adjusted for demographic change, nor does it factor in those who are working fewer hours than they’d… Read more

Judy Shelton and her sponsor—President Trump—want to tie the hands of the Fed

July 10th, 2019

When someone seeking confirmation to high office has a paper trail fraught with positions antithetical to their confirmation, their theme song quickly becomes Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me, as they flip and flop to disavow their earlier convictions. The most recent purveyor of this strategy is Judy Shelton, one of President Trump’s most recent likely nominees… Read more