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

Retail Credit Expansion and Regulatory Overreaction

Federal Reserve

How Not to Stop Inflation

Full Text of Friedman Speech

Jargon Alert


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


Robert Whaples

Economic History

High Tech Down South

Book Review

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

District State Economic Conditions

The Economics of Bankruptcy

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