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



Fourth Quarter 2013

Risky Business?

Cover Story

Risky Business?

Insurance is boring … or at least it’s supposed to be
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Directing Traffic

Development patterns and other factors have shaped transportation options in the Fifth District. Where does rail transit fit in?
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Why Was Canada Exempt from the Financial Crisis?

Canada has avoided crises for 180 years, while we have been prone to them. Can we recreate its stability here?
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Credit Scoring and the Revolution in Debt

How a number changed lending (and got some Americans in over their heads)
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The Future of Coal

Prospects for West Virginia’s highest-paying industry appear bleak
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Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message Rethinking the "Lender of Last Resort"
Upfront Regional News at a Glance
Federal Reserve The Last Crisis before the Fed Related Links
The Profession The Future of History Related Links
Jargon Alert Public Goods
Research Spotlight The Case of the Missing Deflation Related Links
Policy Update Allocating Airwaves Related Links
Around the Fed The Power of Words Related Links
Economic History Water Wars Related Links
Interview Mark Gertler Related Links
Book Review Fortune Tellers: The Story of America’s First Economic Forecasters
District Digest Urban Crime: Deterrence and Local Economic Conditions State Data
Metro Area Data
Opinion Down But Not Out
Contact Us


Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658