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



Third Quarter 2013

Has College Become a Riskier Investment?

Cover Story

Has College Become a Riskier Investment?

The payoff has become more uncertain — but you're probably still better off going
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Digital Currency

Private currencies like Bitcoin offer potential — and puzzles
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The High Point Initiative

Can giving drug dealers a second chance actually reduce crime?
Web Exclusive: Crime Density in High Point
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Ties That Bind

In U.S. food aid efforts, humanitarian relief and domestic interests both hurt and help each other
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Taxing the Behemoths

Many policymakers say that corporations aren’t paying their fair share, but corporate taxes may have hidden costs
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Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message Hitting the Target
Upfront Regional News at a Glance
Federal Reserve Reaching for Yield Related Links
The Profession Getting the Word Out
Jargon Alert Present Value
Research Spotlight Agricultural Policy and Market Distortions Related Links
Policy Update First Designations of 'Systemically Important' Firms Related Links
Around the Fed The IT Revolution Related Links
Economic History The Rise and Fall of Circuit City Related Links
Interview John Cochrane Full Interview
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Book Review Liberty's Dawn: A People's History of the Industrial Revolution
District Digest Workforce Investment in Times of Need and Fiscal Constraint State Data
Metro Area Data
Opinion A Different Recovery for Household Spending
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Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658