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



Winter, 2004

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Cover Story

Global Gain, Local Pain

The globalization of manufacturing has produced cheaper goods for everyone, but the trend has cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the Fifth District.


Clearing Troubled Waters

Parts of the Fifth District are taking the advice of economists and using markets to help clean waterways.

Dollars in the Dirt

The economic value of living trees.

On Hold

Fifth District call centers are shedding workers due to technological improvements and globalization.

After the Flood

Insuring against natural disasters is risky business.


Department Article Additional Resources

If Free Trade Is So Good, Why Don't We Have More of It?

Federal Reserve

Two-Way Street: The Board of Directors Provides a Vital Link Between Fifth District Communities and Fed Officials

Jargon Alert

Jobless Recovery

Research Spotlight

Faith and Economics

Short Takes News From Around the District

Randall Kroszner

Economic History

Origins of Black Business Districts

Legislative Update

Checks Enter the Electronic Age


State Economic Conditions 


Is Greenspan a Wicksellian?

Contact Us


Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658