Econ Focus

Econ Focus (formerly Region Focus) is the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. It covers economic issues affecting the Fifth Federal Reserve District and the nation and is published on a quarterly basis by the Bank's Research Department.

Econ Focus



First Quarter 2013

Drawing the Line

Cover Story

Drawing the Line

New measures of poverty illustrate just how hard it is to define who is poor

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To Be Clear

Muddy language can be costly
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Taking College Out of the Classroom

Are online classes the future of higher education?
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Red Skies and Blue Collars

Sparrows Point shaped Baltimore
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Where the Newly Created Money Went

Monetary expansion has led banks to park huge excess reserves at the Fed — for now
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Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message

Big Banks Need "Living Wills"


Regional News at a Glance

Federal Reserve

When Talk Isn't Cheap

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Jargon Alert

Sticky Wages

Research Spotlight

From Housing Bust to Baby Bust?

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Christopher Carroll

Full Interview
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Economic History

Disney's America

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Policy Update

Under Pressure

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Book Review

A Capitalism for the People

District Digest

Leverage and the Fifth District Economy

Web Exclusive Chart


On Economic History and Humility

Contact Us


Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658