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 2006


Cover Story

Charged by the Market

Electricity deregulation is finally starting to stir up retail competition in Maryland.
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The Life and Times of Albemarle First

The Charlottesville, Va., banking market experienced significant consolidation in the mid-1990s, leading a few new community banks to open their doors. For one it was a bumpy but ultimately successful ride.
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Organic Promises

Is the grass greener on the organic side?
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Campus Plastic

College students cope with unsecured debt.
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Arrested Development

Growth theory has come a long way. How much further can it go?
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Where the Executives Roam

Corporations have more options for locating their headquarters than ever before, benefiting smaller metropolitan areas.
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Web Exclusive: Fortune 1000 Companies in the Fifth District


Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message

Credit Cards on Campus

Federal Reserve

Initiation by Fire

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Web Exclusive: What the World Thought of Greenspan

Jargon Alert

Tragedy of the Commons

Research Spotlight

Culture and Economics

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Policy Update

South Carolina's Shifting Tax Burden

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Around the Fed

Credible Commitment

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Martin Baily

Full Interview

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Economic History

Branch by Branch

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Book Review

In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State


A Penny's Worth

Contact Us


Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658