December 08, 2006

Employment remains solid

This week's employment data do not show an economy in recession.

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December 07, 2006

Compensation Catch-up Postponed

The Administration has been lauding the acceleration in compensation growth. Newly revised figures indicate that the rejoicing was premature, as Q2 real compensation growth was revised downward.

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December 06, 2006

November auto sales

November U.S. light vehicle sales were 2.8% higher than last year. Sounds good, until you take a closer look.

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December 05, 2006

China: Over-investment or not

There's been a debate whether investment rates in China are sustainable or not.

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December 03, 2006

The yield curve and foreign purchases of U.S. debt

A few weeks ago I discussed some new research that suggests that the current negative spread between long-term and short-term yields may be a little less worrisome than earlier studies had led us to conclude, to the extent that the negative spread in part results from an unusually low term premium on U.S. bonds rather than an expectation of future declines in short-term yields. One factor that may be depressing that term premium is foreign holdings of U.S. securities.

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November 30, 2006

Home sales down further

Data on October new home sales released yesterday by the Census Bureau suggest that I may be proved to have been wrong in thinking that new home sales had already hit bottom.

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November 28, 2006

Downshifting and Reversion in Forecasts

My post on CEA's forecast discussed the similarity between the Administration's forecast and the Society of Professional Forecasters forecast. What can we learn from recent SPF forecasts, in the wake of decelerating growth.

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November 26, 2006

Housing: speculative bubble or fundamentals?

Caclulated Risk had some interesting observations this week about why forecasts for housing differ so widely across analysts.

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November 25, 2006

Will the Dollar Plunge? Would that Be So Bad?

Yesterday's dollar plunge unnerved markets. What's the likelihood of a sustained, drastic decline?

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November 24, 2006

Litvinenko

Martin Kelly is your source for news on the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

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November 23, 2006

Forecasts Then and Now: A Cautionary Tale

The White House released its midterm forecast on Tuesday. Some thoughts on forecasts around turning points.

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November 22, 2006

So who wants Russia's oil and gas, anyway?

"The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them," Lenin is said to have boasted.

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November 21, 2006

Guest column from Shivaji Sondhi and Michael Cook

The moment seems to be opportune for some creative ideas about how to handle the situation in Iraq. Econbrowser is pleased today to publish a guest column from Princeton professors Shivaji Sondhi and Michael Cook, who direct the Project on Oil, Energy and the Middle East at the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies.

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Some Puzzling Effects of Productivity on the Real Exchange Rate

What should be the effect of productivity increases on the real exchange rate?

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November 19, 2006

Are the Democrats Truly More Protectionist?

In the wake of the midterm elections, and the failure to renew Vietnamese PNTR, there has been a lot of talk about how more protectionist Democratic lawmakers are. See WaPo, The Economist (pre-election) [sub.req.], WSJ [sub.req.] and here. Greg Mankiw also steps in the fray.

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November 17, 2006

Housing stats look bad

Much worse numbers for housing than I was expecting were announced today by the Census Bureau.

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Can Gravity Be Defied?

"Dark Matter", like all stories about free lunches, still excites lots of people's imagination, as evidenced by the reaction to my post on the subject a week ago. Here is one picture that should further temper the excitement.

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November 15, 2006

Ain't no use to sit and wonder why, Bob

After the learned New York critics savaged my beloved Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan musical, I was pleased to see that Right Wing Bob knows the score.

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The Expansion Compared

There was a lot of mystification why the electorate was so concerned about the economy, when aggregate measures of economic performance were signalling positive.

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November 14, 2006

Current Account Imbalances, Again

At the 7th annual IMF Research Conference, Olivier Blanchard discussed in the keynote lecture whether it makes sense to worry about the U.S. current acount deficit.

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November 13, 2006

The yield curve and the term premium

Some new studies suggest that the yield curve inversion might not be quite as ominous as some of us have been assuming.

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November 10, 2006

RIP, Dark Matter As Cure-All

Two recent publications should help put to rest the conjecture that there are vast pools of U.S. wealth lying overseas, ready to save the day.

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