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



Summer 2005

Enron products

Cover Story

Lights Out

Three years after the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, questions are mounting about unintended consequences for hundreds of U.S. firms.
Web Exclusive: Why Mars Inc. Remains Private - and Quiet


Tobacco Buy Out

The invisible hand plants first crop.
Web Exclusive: Tobacco Production

Redevelopment Boot Camp

To survive the latest round of base realignments and closures, military-centric communities will have to find ways to turn barracks and bombing ranges into something marketable.
Web Exclusive: Room to Grow
Web Exclusive: Where Are They Now?

A Menu of Options

A Richmond Fed economist says that giving financial institutions limited choice about how they are regulated may produce a more stable and efficient banking system. What's the best way to supervise banks? It may be to create a system with incentives that help keep risky banks from declaring themselves safe.

Youth Movement

Blacksburg, Va., and Morgantown, W.Va., are counting on their local universities to create good-paying jobs that will keep kids from leaving town after graduation. But is that realistic?

From the Classroom to the Workplace

So, where are the jobs?

Making it on the Reservation

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians shares the economic problems that afflict tribes nationwide and the beleaguered rural communities of western North Carolina.
Web Exclusive: The Great Father
Web Exclusive: East vs. West
Web Exclusive: High Stakes Economies


Department Article Additional Resources
Noteworthy Retail Credit Expansion and Regulatory Overreaction
Federal Reserve How Not to Stop Inflation

Full Text of Friedman Speech

Jargon Alert Monopoly
Research Spotlight Why Regulations Fail - Yet Persist
Policy Update Freer Trade in Textiles Changes Import Sources
Short Takes From Around the Fifth District Web Exclusive: Vacationing On a Budget
Web Exclusive: Bye-Bye, Winn-Dixie
Interview Robert Whaples Full Interview
Economic History High Tech Down South
Book Review Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
District State Economic Conditions
Opinion The Economics of Bankruptcy
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