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



Spring 2005

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Cover Story

Homeward Bound

Housing markets work just fine for most people. But certain markets in the Fifth District aren't producing homes and apartments that working families can afford.
Web Exclusive: From Brownfields to Brownstones
Web Exclusive: U.S. vs. World: Average Size of New Housing
Web Exclusive: U.S. vs. World: Homeownership Rates


Searching for the Hidden Economy

Economists believe as much as 10 percent of the U.S. economy is "underground." Is that such a bad thing?
Web Exclusive: Shadow Economies Around the World

Sticky Situation

Some prices are slow to change. Are they sticky enough to affect monetary policy?

The Dollar Dilemma

The falling dollar has made American goods more attrative to consumers abroad, but not everyone is happy about the currency's slide.

The Identity Business

Biometrics cluster sharpens West Virginia's economic image.

The Future of Community Banking

A decade ago, small banks were being gobbled up by big banks, but those days seem to be over. What are they doing now?


Department Article Additional Resources
Noteworthy Encouraging Homeownership - at What Cost?
Federal Reserve New Times, New Functions Web Exclusive: Selecting Reserve Bank Cities
Jargon Alert Zero-Sum Game
Research Spotlight An Economist Considers the Causes of Terrorism
Policy Update Betting on the Future to Finance the Present
Short Takes News From Aound the District Web Exclusive: Paul Sawyer's Life on Track
Interview Thomas Schelling Full Interview
Economic History Washstands, Sideboards, and Parlor Suites
Book Review America the Unusual
Fighting Povery in the U.S. and Europe: A World of Difference
District State Economic Conditions
Opinion Evil Empire?
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