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.

Region Focus



Fall, 2004


Cover Story

Why Cities Grow

Economist Richard Florida argues that cities must attract young, talented workers - what he dubs the 'creative class' - if they want to prosper.


Appalachian Diversification

In the heart of Appalachia, the people of Southwest Virginia are creating economic opportunities to replace coal jobs.

The Fattening of America

As we benefit from greater convenience and efficiency, our waistlines are widening in the process.

Above the Minimum

Living-wage statutes are designed to help low-income workers in Baltimore and other Fifth District communities, but do they get the job done?


Department Article Additional Resources
Noteworthy Fed Lending and Moral Hazard
Federal Reserve The Road to Independence
Jargon Alert Opportunity Cost
Research Spotlight The Economics of Happiness
Short Takes

News From Around the District

Interview Al Broaddus and Tom Humphrey Full Interview
Economic History Labor Pains
Book Review Too Big to Fail
Legislative Update States Move to Prevent Post-Disaster Price Gouging
District Economic Developments State Economic Conditions
Opinion The Paradox of Voting
Contact Us


Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658