Monthly Archives: December 2017

Beware the State Level Household Employment Series: California Edition

Some analysts continue to infer short term trends solely based on household labor market series compiled at the state level. Here are two pictures showing why focusing on the household over establishment could be misguided.

Here are various vintages of the November release for California household/civilian employment series.

Figure 1: Civilian employment from household survey in California, from November 2013 release (blue), November 2014 release (red), November 2015 release (green), November 2016 (black), and November 2017 (teal), all seasonally adjusted. Source: BLS via ALFRED and FRED.

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Wisconsin Macro Aggregates Stall

Wisconsin real personal income in Q3 is less than it was a 2015Q4, and since 2011Q1, cumulative nominal income is 5% lower than that in Minnesota (and the US). Wisconsin GDP growth through Q2 lags Minnesota and US.

Figure 1: Wisconsin GDP (blue) and personal income deflated by US PCE (red) in mn. Ch.2009$, SAAR, both on log scale. NBER defined recession dates shaded gray. Source: BEA, and author’s calculations.

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Imagine…107% Publicly Held Debt to GDP Ratio

(Some) defenders of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as passed argue that tax cuts for households will be extended, rather than disappearing by 2027. What does that mean for debt?

Source: CRFB. Note: Differs from gross debt by netting out intra-Federal government holdings.

CRFB estimates FY2019 deficits will be $1.1 trillion.

Fortunately, the President has stated he will not sign a tax bill that he believes will increase the budget deficit.

Best Schematic Ever: Financial Frictions in Macro/Finance

I tire of hearing people who had one (or no) class in economics saying “the magic of the marketplace” will lead to the optimal outcome. What teaching finance has made me realize is that information problems are rife in many economic interactions. And one can’t be a student of currency crises without being even more convinced. The paper by Stijn Claessens and Ayhan Kose, “Macroeconomic Implications of Financial Frictions: A Survey” is a must-read for those who want to keep up with the literature. It has this fantastic schematic:

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