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 2007

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Cover Story

Democracy and Other Failures

The theory of public choice helps explain why we get stuck with so many bad economic policies. Or does it?
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Risky Business

Have recent innovations in credit markets made the financial system safer or riskier
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Academic Labor Market's Tenure Track Recedes

Even professors can no longer count on job security. But to many academics, tenure may have outlived its appeal anyway
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Banks and Business

The success of some banking and commerce combinations raises the question of whether maintaining a wall between them makes economic sense
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Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message No Guarantees
Federal Reserve A Great Crisis, A Long Debate Related Links
Jargon Alert Comparative Advantage
Research Spotlight Buying Time Related Links
Policy Update Federal Minimum Wage Increased Related Links
Around the Fed Why Countries Default Related Links
Short Takes Short Takes/News from around the District
Interview Russell Sobel Full Interview 
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Economic History Going to Market Related Links
Web Exclusive: The Evolution of Furniture Marketing in High Point
Book Review The Chicago School: How the University of Chicago Assembled the Thinkers who Revolutionized Economics and Business Related Links
District State Economic Conditions
Opinion Why I Want To Be An Economist
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Aaron Steelman
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