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.
It's important to distinguish between firms that are merely distressed and those that are no longer viable. Does the current corporate bankruptcy system provide the most efficient means to this end?
While many big metro dailies are floundering, community newspapers seem to be weathering the storm.
Uranium found in Virginia's rural Pittsylvania County opens up a new front in the national debate over the future of nuclear energy.
Since 2005, four minor league baseball parks have been built in the Fifth District. Are they really engines of economic growth?
Standards for how Fifth District students learn about supply and demand have been established. But a debate remains about the effectiveness of economic education and personal finance programs.
People aren't moving as much these days. But that hasn't stopped the Carolinas from ranking among the fastest-growing states in the United States last year.
A look at the size and scope of the region's depository institutions.
|President's Message||Time to Rethink "Too Big To Fail"|
|Upfront||Economic News Across the Region|
|Federal Reserve||Last Stop Lending||Related Links|
|Jargon Alert||National Debt|
|Research Spotlight||Does Democracy Lead to Economic Growth?||Related Links|
|Policy Update||States Receive Funding from Stimulus Bill||Related Links|
|Around the Fed||How Consumers Use Plastic — and Why||Related Links|
|Interview||George Selgin||Full Interview
|Economic History||West Virginia Glass Houses||Related Links|
|Book Review||When Altruism Isn't Enough||Related Links|
|District Digest||Housing Markets, Financial Markets and Recession|
|Opinion||No Time for Protectionist Impulses|