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 2005

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Cover Story

Branch Bonanza

They cost a lot, but customers can't get enough of them. Why bank branches won't go away.


The Conference Shuttle

The Atlantic Coast Conference set off a wave of league swaps. Despite the outcry, it shouldn't have surprised anyone.

Sink or Swim

Fifth District coastal ports must continue to expand to remain competitive.
Web Exclusive: Land, Ho!
Web Exclusive: A Shipping Visionary

Shame and Bankruptcy

The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy protection has surged fivefold in two decades. A Richmond Fed economist challenges the conventional wisdom that declining stigma is at the root of the increase.

Hard Times

North Carolina's northeast counties are among the poorest in the nation. Can they reverse course?

Happy Trails

Horse are used more for pleasure than business, but they still have a place in Fifth District agriculture.
Web Exclusive: Mules Are Equines Too


Department Article Additional Resources
Noteworthy Does Deregulation Undermine Stability?
Federal Reserve Inflation Targeting Web Exclusive: Could an Inflation Targeting Policy Handle Shocks to the Economy?
Jargon Alert Sunk Cost
Research Spotlight Is Good Journalism Good Business?
Short Takes News From Around the District
Interview Frank Sloan Full Interview
Economic History The Border Line and the Bottom Line: The Economics of Municipal Annexation
Book Review The New Division of Labor: How Computers Are Creating the Next Job Market
Legislative Update Big Changes for Regional Manufacturing and Tobacco Sectors
District Economic Developments State Economic Conditions
Opinion The Broken Window Fallacy
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Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658