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March 06, 2015
Job Growth Strong Again in February

February 13, 2015
The U.S.A. as Number 1?

February 06, 2015
Data Flash: Another Solid Jobs Report in January

January 30, 2015
Slower GDP Growth in Fourth Quarter Brings Year-round Rate to 2.5 Percent

January 26, 2015
Did Cutting the Duration of Unemployment Benefits Lead to Faster Job Growth in 2014?

January 09, 2015
JOBS FLASH: Unemployment Edges Down to 5.6 Percent as Workers Leave Labor Force

January 05, 2015
The Keystone Job Mirage

December 22, 2014
Are We Doing Better Than We Thought? Median Family Income 1979-2010

December 16, 2014
The Fed, Interest Rates, and High School Fashion

December 05, 2014
Jobs Flash: November Shows Strongest Job Gains in Almost Three Years

November 07, 2014
Jobs Flash: Employment-to-Population Ratio Jumps in October

November 01, 2014
Fun With the “It’s Hard to Get Good Help” Crowd

October 30, 2014
GDP Flash: GDP Growth Higher than Expected in Third Quarter

October 21, 2014
Government Spending on the Forbes 400 Compared with Government Spending on Kids

October 03, 2014
Jobs Flash: Job Growth Picks Up Pace in September

October 01, 2014
The Big Tax Increase Nobody Noticed

September 16, 2014
Today, ACA Boosts Voluntary Part-Time Employment

September 05, 2014
DATA FLASH: Job Growth Slows Further in August

August 01, 2014
DATA FLASH: Job Growth Slows in July

July 30, 2014
Economy Rebounds in Second Quarter Based on Inventories and Cars

July 21, 2014
Dodd-Frank and Subprime Auto Loan Market

July 16, 2014
Quick Thoughts on the New CBO Projections

July 09, 2014
House Republicans Ignore Unemployment to Keep Inflation Low

July 03, 2014
Data Flash: Strong Job Growth Continues in June

June 06, 2014
Jobs Flash: Labor Force Participation Rate Unchanged in May

May 08, 2014
The Death Toll from Bursting Bubbles and Balanced Budget Worship

May 06, 2014
Questions for Janet Yellen

May 02, 2014
Jobs Flash: April Data Show Sharp Drop in Unemployment as People Leave Labor Market

April 30, 2014
Reversal Investments and Experts Slow GDP Growth

March 13, 2014
California and Texas: How Many Jobs Were Created on Bill Gates’ Estate?

March 07, 2014
JOBS FLASH: Jobs Picture Mixed in February

February 21, 2014
Will Obamacare Boost Wages?

February 07, 2014
Data Flash: January Jobs Report Show Big Jump in EPOPs

February 03, 2014
Deflators and the Purchasing Power of the Minimum Wage

January 30, 2014
Fourth Quarter GDP Driven By Consumption, Health Care Spending Continues to Slow

January 10, 2014
Sharp Drop in Unemployment Due to People Leaving the Labor Force

January 09, 2014
Does Cutting Unemployment Insurance Benefits Promote Job Growth?

December 18, 2013
Have Economists Underestimated the Impact of Fiscal Stimulus?

December 06, 2013
Jobs Data Flash: Broad Based Job Gains Lead to Big Drop in Unemployment

November 15, 2013
Top Secret Trade Deal WikiLeaked: It Is What We Expected

November 08, 2013
Jobs Data Flash: Shutdown Edges Unemployment Rate up to 7.3 Percent

October 30, 2013
Social Security COLA to increase by 1.5 Percent in 2014

October 28, 2013
The Enduring Pain of the Economic Collapse, According to the IMF

October 21, 2013
Can We Never Raise the Social Security Tax?

October 15, 2013
Seniors Should See an Increase in their Social Security of 1.5 - 1.6 Percent in 2014

October 04, 2013
The Age of Oversupply: Good Argument, Tough Sell

September 19, 2013
The Kids versus Seniors Line Doesn't Fit the Facts

September 15, 2013
Unions: The Best Fix to Poverty

August 26, 2013
The Numbers Are In: Obamacare Increased Percentage of People Working 26-29 Hours a Week

August 19, 2013
'Structural Unemployment?' Why Not Throw Money at the Problem?

August 14, 2013
Mindless Budget Reporting: Fooling Some of the People All of the Time

July 24, 2013
Is the Affordable Care Act a Hidden Jobs Killer?

July 24, 2013
Concerns Over Hyperinflation Dwindle

July 22, 2013
Detroit and Goldman Sachs: Makers and Takers

July 08, 2013
The Lost Output Clock: Telling Us What Is Really Going on With the Economy

July 02, 2013
Profit and Investment: Does More of One Mean Less of the Other?

June 26, 2013
Will The Overturning of DOMA Bankrupt Social Security?

June 19, 2013
Do Wall Street and the 1 Percent Thrive at the Expense of Our Kids?

June 19, 2013
Want A Job? Volunteer

June 17, 2013
Dear Mr. Carney ... A Memo to the New Bank of England Governor

May 30, 2013
Social Security and Medicare Taxes Won't be Disastrous for the Young

May 13, 2013
Brookings Agrees With CEPR: Sometimes College Doesn't Pay

May 09, 2013
Growth Still Slow Despite Uptick in April Jobs Report

May 03, 2013
The Financial Health of Public Pensions

April 24, 2013
The University of Massachusetts Econ Department: How We Know Reinhart and Rogoff Were Wrong

April 18, 2013
The Reinhart-Rogoff Debt-to-GDP Error: Why it Matters

April 16, 2013
Media Could Do a Better Job Explaining Taxes

April 14, 2013
Government Spending on the Rich Versus Government Spending on Kids

April 13, 2013
New Mexico Restructures Pensions to Address Shortfall

March 24, 2013
Cheap Thoughts on Euro Area Unemployment: It's a Guy Thing

March 21, 2013
The Impact of a Financial Transactions Tax on Futures Trading Volume

March 13, 2013
President Obama Wants to Give a Bigger Hit to Seniors on Social Security than He Did to the Wealthy on Taxes

March 13, 2013
The Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget: A Serious Budget That the Serious People Won't Take Seriously

March 05, 2013
Medicare Cost Reductions: Is the Point to Save Money or Inflict Pain?

March 01, 2013
The Bipartisan Policy Center Endorses a Bi-Partisan Failure

February 15, 2013
Why Are Proponents of the Chained CPI So Scared of Data?

February 13, 2013
The Minimum Wage and Economic Growth

February 06, 2013
Congressional Budget Office Is Pessimistic About the Economy

February 03, 2013
The Impact of the Upward Redistribution of Wage Income on Social Security Solvency

February 01, 2013
Rising Inequality: Don't Blame the Robots

January 29, 2013
Deficit Delusions: Putting to Rest the Clinton Legacy

January 25, 2013
Debt to China: Budget Deficits and Trade Deficits

January 01, 2013
The Beveridge Curve and Structural Unemployment

December 18, 2012
Thoughts on the Chained CPI, Social Security, and the Budget

December 09, 2012
The Nonsense About a Demographic Crisis

November 30, 2012
Economics 101 for the Debt Fixers

November 27, 2012
Sign Language from the Invisible Hand? How Do We Know That We Need to Reduce the Deficit by $4 Trillion Over the Next Decade

November 16, 2012
No Cupcake: Workers Turn Down Bad Deal from Hostess

November 09, 2012
If the Deficit Disappeared, Where Would the Deficit Hawks Find Work?

November 02, 2012
Latest BLS Employment Report Shows Brighter Picture of Labor Market

November 01, 2012
Year-round Vacancy Rate Fell in Third Quarter

October 17, 2012
Home Loans From Washington? A Simple Alternative

October 12, 2012
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was a Missed Opportunity

October 12, 2012
Homeownership: Dream or Nightmare?

September 27, 2012
Billing for Bad Bills

September 07, 2012
96,000 Jobs Added in August, Unemployment Drops to 8.1 Percent

September 04, 2012
The Erskine Bowles Stock Index

August 20, 2012
It's Foreclosure Crisis Day at the NYT: What Could We Have Possibly Done?

July 26, 2012
The Disagreement Behind Planet Money's Economic Platform

June 28, 2012
Does Less Wall Street Mean More Apples?

June 26, 2012
Positive News for the Housing Market

June 11, 2012
Unions are Good for Your Health

May 10, 2012
Should We Cut Cancer Research to Pay for More Bombers?

May 07, 2012
How An Investor's Gain Can Be Your Loss

May 04, 2012
April Jobs Numbers Continue Slowing Trend

May 04, 2012
Public Pensions as Stimulus and the Problem of Recession Deniers

April 19, 2012
Mr. Arithmetic Meets Mitt Romney and His Budget Cutters

April 09, 2012
More Musings on Modern Monetary Theory

April 06, 2012
Sharp Slowdown in March Jobs Numbers, Wages Remain Stagnant

April 04, 2012
Playing Inflation Games with Grandma: The Washington Consensus and the Chained CPI

March 30, 2012
Can Ireland Outsmart the European Central Bank?

March 27, 2012
Case-Shiller Index Virtually Flat in January

March 19, 2012
Congressional Budget Office Projects the Return of the Housing Bubble

March 12, 2012
Larry Summers: The Wrong Person for World Bank President

March 07, 2012
Mitt Romney: the Candidate of Change?

February 29, 2012
Financial Speculation Taxes and the London Stock Exchange

February 28, 2012
Home Sales Improve in January But Drag on Market Remains

February 25, 2012
Quick Thoughts on Modern Monetary Theory

February 22, 2012
It's So Hard to Get Good Help

February 17, 2012
AEI Touts the End of the Deficit Problem

February 14, 2012
Getting A Grip on Deficit Hysterics

February 06, 2012
Parting Ways with the Pessimists

February 03, 2012
Strong January Jobs Numbers Result in Drop to Unemployment

February 02, 2012
Even the Guy Who Dosn't Care About Poor People Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage: Where Does President Obama Stand?

January 31, 2012
Case-Shiller 20-City Index Falls Again in November

January 25, 2012
Is President Obama Proposing That the Government Buy Out the Banks' Bad Mortgages?

January 24, 2012
Is the Obama Administration Soft on Crime?

January 20, 2012
CBO Letter on FTT: When There's No Smoke, There's No Fire

January 10, 2012
Why GDP Per Capita Can Start A Bar Fight

January 08, 2012
Fracking Nonsense: The Job Myth of Gas Drilling

December 15, 2011
Faith-Based Economics?

December 14, 2011
The Impact of a Financial Speculation Tax on GDP: Problems with the European Commission Model

December 12, 2011
A Tale of Two Deficit Charts

December 07, 2011
Keynes and the Current Crisis

December 05, 2011
More on the Military Spending Fairy

December 02, 2011
Unemployment Drops Following Decline in Labor Force

November 29, 2011
Bottom-Tier Homes Hit Hardest as House Prices Fall Slightly in September

November 18, 2011
Representative Ryan Tries the Old Generational War Trick to Divert Attention from His Side's Class War

November 15, 2011
Dealing With Things of Little Value: Occupy Wall Street and Copyrights

November 10, 2011
Quick Thoughts on the Obama Administration's Opposition to a Financial Speculation Tax

November 09, 2011
What Political Compromises Could Create Jobs?

November 04, 2011
New Jobs Report Continues Pattern of Weak Growth

October 27, 2011
Strong Investment Gives GDP a Boost, But Growth Remains Weak

October 26, 2011
The Military Spending Fairy

October 25, 2011
House Prices Unchanged in August, While Tax Credit Leaves Some Underwater

October 19, 2011
Ending Loser Liberalism and Restructuring the Market Economy

October 17, 2011
How's That Hopey Changey Work Share Thing Doing?

October 14, 2011

October 12, 2011
The 'Regulation Impedes Job Growth' Story Has No Evidence

October 07, 2011
Health Care Job Growth Notable in Otherwise Dismal Report

October 07, 2011
Inflation: How Do You Spell Debt Relief?

October 04, 2011
Ken Rogoff Misses the Boat on Financial Speculation Taxes

September 27, 2011
Strong Increase for the Case-Shiller Index in July, But How Long Will it Last?

September 25, 2011
Krugman Notes That Low Inflation Is a Problem

September 22, 2011
Operation Twisted

September 21, 2011
Why Do the Bankers Decide How Many People Will Be Unemployed?

September 15, 2011
How It Could Have Been Different This Time

September 06, 2011
The European Central Bank: The Loons Who Are Wrecking Your 401(k)

September 02, 2011
Bleak BLS Report Shows No Job Growth in August

August 30, 2011
Housing Prices Rose in June, With Largest Gains in Midwest

August 17, 2011
The Devastating Interest Burden of the Debt

August 16, 2011
President Obama Still Likes Big Government: When it Helps the Banks

August 11, 2011
The Obama Administration Discovers Renting

August 09, 2011
The Good News and Bad News on the Stock Market

August 08, 2011
Can the Israeli People Educate Their Leaders?

August 05, 2011
With No Strong Growth, Employment Rate Remains Low

August 04, 2011
Going Down With the Dow

July 30, 2011
Tales of Failed Stimulus

July 29, 2011
GDP Growth Slows as Economy Stagnates

July 28, 2011
There’s Zero Accountability in Economics

July 26, 2011
Case-Shiller Index Shows Housing Price Increases for Second Month

July 17, 2011
The Blame for Fannie and Freddie

June 28, 2011
Home Prices Rise for First Time Since Last July

June 28, 2011
Potshot at Progressive Economics Misses the Mark

June 20, 2011
A Lesson on the Federal Reserve Board and the Deficit

June 03, 2011
Very Little Positive News in Latest Jobs Report

May 18, 2011
Why Do Opponents of Social Security Have So Much Difficulty Getting Their Facts Right?

May 06, 2011
Strong Job Growth Couldn't Push Unemployment Down in April

April 29, 2011
Getting Rid of the Budget Deficit the Clinton/Gingrich Way

April 29, 2011
The Town Hall Rage Over Ryan's Medicare Plan

April 28, 2011
Declining Car Sales Cause GDP Growth to Sputter in Q1

April 20, 2011
S&P Warns Treasury About Debt Burden: Fun With Debt Downgrades

April 19, 2011
Questions for S&P on Its Potential Downgrade of U.S. Debt

April 14, 2011
Ignoring the Real Problem

April 11, 2011
Right-to-Rent Would Ease Foreclosure Mess

April 10, 2011
Ryan In Your Pocket: # 3217

April 06, 2011
Medicare Vouchers: Ryan Versus Baker

April 05, 2011
Representative Ryan's Plan Would Increase U.S. Borrowing from China and Other Foreign Creditors by Almost $1 Trillion

April 01, 2011
Employment Among Blacks Falls Almost to Its Low-Point for the Downturn

March 30, 2011
Investment Is Not the Problem

March 27, 2011
Can the U.S. Economy Survive the Republicans' Definition of Success?

March 21, 2011
The CEPR Fix for Generational Inequity

March 20, 2011
Firing Government Workers to Create Jobs

March 17, 2011
Andrew Sullivan and the Atlantic: Means Testing Gets Really Mean

March 16, 2011
Bond Dealer's Cold Feet Get Deficit Hawks Excited

March 06, 2011
Returns on Public Pensions: What Rates Should We Assume?

March 04, 2011
Unemployment Rate Drops Again for Third Consecutive Month

February 27, 2011
FactCheck Gets It Wrong on Social Security and the Deficit

February 22, 2011
Housing Prices Continue to Drop in December

February 18, 2011
Go After Wall Street, Not the Teachers

February 16, 2011
Is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Presidential Material?

February 14, 2011
Is Obama's Budget a Deficit Enabler?

February 10, 2011
Arithmetic and the Fannie/Freddie Fix

February 07, 2011
Third Way vs. The Right Way: Scare Stories on Social Security

February 04, 2011
Unemployment Rate Drops Again, But Job Creation Remains Weak

February 02, 2011
Can You Find the Structural Unemployment?

January 28, 2011
Drop in Imports Boosts GDP in 4th Quarter

January 25, 2011
Bottom Third of Housing Market Continues to Drag Prices Down

January 07, 2011
Unemployment Falls as the Unemployed Give Up

December 12, 2010
President Obama Gets Leading Proponent of Social Security Privatization and Bubble Economy to Tout Budget Deal

December 03, 2010
Unemployment Rises to 9.8 Percent After Weak Growth in November

December 02, 2010
The Left-Right Alliance Scores Big Victory With Fed Data

November 11, 2010
Are Public Sector Workers Overpaid? The Story of Underfunded Pensions

November 10, 2010
Your Tax Dollars at Work: Redistribution in Washington Today

November 08, 2010
Commissions' Findings Three Months Late

November 05, 2010
October BLS Report Shows Increase in Jobs, Drop in Employment Rate

October 29, 2010
Inventories Push Third-Quarter GDP Growth

October 26, 2010
Prices for Lower-End Homes Fall in Several Cities

October 18, 2010
What's Good for the Gulf is Good for the Housing Market

October 05, 2010
The Cherry Tree Committed Suicide

September 30, 2010
Social Security and the Washington Post: Who Is Going Down First?

September 28, 2010
Home Sales Resume Decline After Expiration of Tax Credit

September 15, 2010
Casey at the Blog: Joy in Recession Land

July 30, 2010
Debt and GDP Growth: Reinhart and Rogoff, One More Time

July 23, 2010
Never Mind: America Speaks Again

July 04, 2010
Not Following Professional Ethics Matters Also

June 18, 2010
Will It Go Round In Circles: Alan Simpson and the Social Security Trust Fund

June 03, 2010
Fun With Money

May 27, 2010
Bitter Medicine

January 11, 2010
My New Book


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