In my interview with NPR’s Jim Zarolli, the question came up about wage developments. Embarrassingly, I had no opinion, having not looked at the data (I know that doesn’t stop some people from opining; in any case, that question and lots of other stuff didn’t make it into the piece that aired). Well, I looked up the data, and surprisingly the level of real hourly earnings in May 2015 is the same as it was in January 2011(!).
Even if Greek Prime Minister Tsipras is able to maneuver the new agreement through the parliament , it’s not clear to me that — even with the aid and reprofiling of debt — Greece will resume growth (see discussion O’Brien/Wonkblog). That’s true even though there has been noticeable adjustment in production costs in Greece.
The stock market continued to decline today, despite vigorous efforts by the authorities. That being said, perspective is required.
Here is some interesting work I’ve seen recently in Paris and Cambridge, MA.
Legislative Republicans on Thursday passed sweeping changes to the state’s open records law that would dramatically curtail the kind of information available to the public about the work that public officials do.
The headline number for nonfarm payroll employment was decent , and although there are worrisome aspects, I think the key take-away is the fact that manufacturing employment is slowing much more than overall. To the extent that manufactured goods proxies for tradables, I think caution is in order with respect to monetary tightening. And yet, I read headlines reporting that the “Fed is on track to raise rates…”[Sparshott/RTE WSJ].
Today, we are fortunate to have a guest contribution written by Laurent Ferrara (Banque de France and University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) and Pierre Guérin (Bank of Canada). The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Banque de France or of the Bank of Canada.