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, 2005


Cover Story

Minds Matter

Early childhood education meets economic development.

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Nature vs. Nurture

Entrepreneurs play a unique role in the economy. Are they born that way or can their behavior be taught?

House of Cards?

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have helped people to live the "American Dream," supporteres say. But many economists worry that they pose a very real threat to taxpayers.
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The Economics of Eminent Domain

The recent Supreme Court decision on takings encourages economic development leaders but worries some economists.
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To Work or Not to Work?

That is the question for rural residents of South Carolina's Lowcountry. For many of them, the answer is "no thanks."
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Poles Apart

The public views many positions favored by economists with skepticism. Why?
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Why Economists Still Worry About Bank Runs

They may be rare today, but the costs they impose can be large - and so can the measures we take to prevent them, says a Richmond Fed economist.
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Department Article Additional Resources

The Promise and Peril of Government Intervention

Federal Reserve

Choosing the Next Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Jargon Alert

Deadweight Loss

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Research Spotlight

Mind Games

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Policy Update

CAFTA to Have Mixed Effects on Region's Firms

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Short Takes News From Around the District
Around the Fed

How Oil Price Changes Affect the Economy


Robert Moffitt

Full Interview
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Economic History

Monetary Policy in the Confederacy

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Book Review

Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance by Perry Mehrling

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District State Economic Conditions

Bubble Talk

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Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658