Best in Economics this week: April 24

Interesting pattern of the weak first quarter for the US economy…

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http://macroblog.typepad.com/macroblog/2015/04/deja-vu-all-over-again.

Interesting. But will it hold?
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http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21649539-junk-bonds-have-been-remarkably-good-credits-default-

You can trust The Economist to come up with a cool chart on Moore’s law…
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http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/04/economist-explains-17

But this interactive one isn’t bad either: who remembers Motorola…?
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http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/04/daily-chart-8

My favorite subject: the price decline in investment goods
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http://www.nber.org/digest/apr15/w20836.html

Despite the low interest rates, 15% of US tax dollars went to interest on federal debt in 2014
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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2015/04/where-your-2014-taxes-went/

US buybacks are still on the rise
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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-23/obsessive-buybacks-could-be-big-mistake-serious-people-tell-unserious-people

What does PE tell us, really?
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http://uk.businessinsider.com/pe-ratio-frequency-and-12m-returns-2015-4

Ranking the Emerging Markets with respect to GDP per capita growth
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http://rodrik.typepad.com/dani_rodriks_weblog/2015/04/turkish-economic-myths.html

Pretty shocking, actually… On the political divide in the US
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/23/a-stunning-visualization-of-our-divided-congress/

Interactive tool showing the water footprint of various food alternatives
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http://graphics.latimes.com/food-water-footprint/
The impact of oil differs across the various US states
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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2015/04/plunging-oil-prices-a-boost-for-the-u-s-economy-a-jolt-for-texas/

Productivity gains in the Euro area between 1990 and 2013 have been pretty mixed…
Source: Conference Board, Total Economy Database.
http://www.moneyandbanking.com/commentary/2015/4/20/the-euro-areas-debt-hangover

Putting things into perspective: what the US would look like on Jupiter (and a couple more of these images one click away)
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http://www.vox.com/2015/4/17/8432733/space-maps

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