The recent financial crisis caught many economists by surprise. Were they studying the wrong things? If so, how did it come to be that way — and will the financial crisis bring about a fundamental change in economic research? The cover story in the latest issue of Region Focus puts these questions into historical context.
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Region Focus covers the economy and business activities of the Fed's Fifth District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia.
For free copies of Region Focus, contact the Bank's Research Publications division at 800.322.0565. The articles are also available online at http://www.richmondfed.org/publications.
The Richmond Fed serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia. As part of the nation's central bank, we're one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that work together with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors to strengthen the economy and our communities. We manage the nation's money supply to keep inflation low and help the economy grow. We also supervise and regulate financial institutions to help safeguard our nation's financial system and protect the integrity and efficiency of our payments system.