Chicago Fed Letter. “Explaining the Decline in the U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate,” by Daniel Aaronson, Jonathan Davis and Luojia Hu. March 2012, Number 296. (PDF)

Category: Data Analysis, Employment, Federal Reserve, Think Tank

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9 Responses to “Explaining The Decline In The U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate”

  1. theexpertisin says:

    Shakespeare said “…doth protest too much”.

    Lots of disclaimers and explanations on this statistical issue.

  2. AtlasRocked says:

    Even if they retired all at once or slowly, it’s a tipping point model where 1 person retiring removes like .3 units of tax payments and turns into 1.0 units of benefits. I may be wrong, but I suspect a person moving from revenue generator to benefits receiver is not a 1:1 exchange, it’s probably a big net negative.

    Welcome to the Great White concert – wait til you see our pyrotechnics show!!!

  3. Rick Caird says:

    The second part may well be boomers retiring because they have no other option. If you are 65 and have lost your job, there is a dearth of new opportunities.

  4. ashpelham2 says:

    For a lesson in how this all plays out, see today’s Japan vs the Japan of 30 years ago.

  5. mark says:

    Where’s the beef? 25-54 cohort still in downtrend – is the upturn projected sometime in future for this cohort based on anything other than the fact that they can’t imagine things actually getting worse?

  6. bsmi021 says:

    Oh this will just give Washington more ammo to take apart Social security and Medicare, so just wait until the fireworks hit this fan!!

  7. mathdock says:

    Now, THAT”s some math to sink one’s teeth into. Thanks, Bar!