The Econ Review

Economics News with a Historical Perspective

January 20, 2017

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U.S. Payroll Employment

Commentary on the latest U.S. payroll employment figures can be found at the Economics Roundtable.


In the News

Payroll Employment

Recent History   Long-Term Chart

U.S. Budget Deficit
Bar Graph
CBO Budget Projections
Historical Data

Inflation & Unemployment
The Phillips Curve

John Cochrane uses very similar Phillips Curve charts to review recent history and current issues.

The Chart Room
Charts for GDP and payroll employment show the historical patterns in this relationship.  Custom select side-by-side charts for these variables and interest rates and yield curves.

Euro Roller Coaster
The wild ride continues.

Economics Roundtable
The latest news and views.


Nixon Imposes Wage and Price Controls

President Nixon Imposes Wage and Price Controls

August 15, 1971.  In a move widely applauded by the public and a fair number of (but by no means all) economists, President Nixon imposed wage and price controls.  The 90 day freeze was unprecedented in peacetime, but such drastic measures were thought necessary.  Inflation had been raging, exceeding 6% briefly in 1970 and persisting above 4% in 1971.  By the prevailing historical standards, such inflation rates were thought to be completely intolerable.


Friedman Heller Debate

The Keynesians vs. the Monetarists

November 14, 1968.  The debate between the Keynesians and the monetarists reached a milestone in an exchange between Milton Friedman and Walter W. Heller.  The Seventh Annual Arthur K. Salomon Lecture at the Graduate School of Business Administration at New York University is recorded in Monetary vs. Fiscal Policy: A Dialogue, Milton Friedman and Walter W. Heller, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.: New York (1969).


Economics of President John Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy

1960.  The election of John F. Kennedy marked the entry of university professors (including a fair number of Keynesians) into the Federal government.  Kennedy's Council of Economic Advisors was Walter Heller, Kermit Gordon, and James Tobin.  The CEA staff included senior economists Arthur Okun and Robert Solow.  (Tobin and Solow later received Nobel Prizes.)  The major economic event arising from this influx was the Kennedy-Johnson tax cut, which took effect during the Johnson administration.



The Mundell-Fleming Model

The Mundell-Fleming Model adds a BP (balance of payments) curve to the standard IS/LM framework.  This extension provides a mechanism for thinking about monetary policy under either fixed or floating exchange rates.


Additional models of interest are available at Classic Economic Models.

Econ Clubs

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