Does the Fed Care about the Rest-of-the-World?

That’s a title I borrowed from a paper by Barry Eichengreen; the actual title is “International environment and US monetary policy: a textual analysis” written by Laurent Ferrara and Charles-Emmanuel Teuf:

What role does the international environment play in shaping US monetary policy decisions? To measure its influence, we construct an international indicator extracted from minutes of Fed monetary policy committee meetings.

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Using Gov. Walker’s Gold Standard QCEW, Has 250K Jobs Been Added?

Maybe. But not as of 2018M01.


Figure 1: Wisconsin private nonfarm payroll employment, 000’s s.a. (green) relative to 2011M01 value, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages private employment (dark blue square) relative to 2011M01, +250K (red line). Source: BLS, author’s calculations.

One could seasonally adjust the QCEW series using a standard seasonal adjustment routine. I use X-13 (multiplicative) in EViews to generate a seasonally adjusted QCEW series. This is plotted in an analogous fashion in Figure 2.


Figure 2: Wisconsin private nonfarm payroll employment, 000’s s.a. (green) relative to 2011M01 value, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages private employment, adjusted by X-13 (dark blue) relative to 2011M01, +250K (red line). Source: BLS, author’s calculations.

By this measure, which Governor Walker called the “gold standard” [link added 9/24], employment has not exceeded the value promised for 2015M01, as late as in August 2013.

Is California in Recession? (Part IX)

August employment figures are out. Time to re-evaluate this mid-December Political Calculations assertion that California was in recession.

Going by these [household survey based labor market] measures, it would appear that recession has arrived in California, which is partially borne out by state level GDP data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. [text as accessed on 12/27/2017]

The release provides an opportunity to revisit this question (the 2018Q1 state GDP figures are discussed here). It’s (still) unlikely that a recession occurred.

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