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

2011

 

Third Quarter 2011

Why Aren't We Creating More Jobs?

Cover Story

Why Aren't We Creating More Jobs?

The United States has gained a little more than 1 million jobs since the end of the most recent downturn — far from the number needed to put 14 million people back to work. Given the factors holding back job growth, traditional policy tools might not be able to offer a solution.

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Features

Don't Know Much About Financial Literacy: In this classroom, the right choice may be (d) all of the above

The financial crisis revealed a widespread need for better financial education. What have we learned since then about how to improve financial literacy?
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The End of Nowhere: What can ghost towns teach us about saving small communities?

With only seven residents, Thurmond, W.Va., is the smallest incorporated town in the Fifth District. Once bustling and prosperous, Thurmond has become practically a ghost town. Is the fate of places like Thurmond a tragedy or a "monument to American dynamism"?
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The Fish Market: What happened when Virginia brought tradable quotas to the commons?

Resources without ownership — commons — are easily exploited, even wiped out. Individual fishermen have little incentive to conserve as long as others are busy catching. Evidence from a Virginia program suggests that if fishermen can buy and sell shares of the fishing quota, the fish and the fishermen may be better off.
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A New Kind of Farm

"Server farms" run by Apple, Google, and Facebook won't replace manufacturing jobs lost in western North Carolina. But these massive data centers may bring other benefits.
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Toil and Trouble for Revenue Forecasters: Greater sensitivity to business cycles has made state tax revenues more difficult to predict

State revenue forecasts have become progressively less reliable following each of the past three recessions. As capital gains become more unpredictable, tax revenue experts advise states to build larger rainy-day funds.
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Volatility at the Pump: Where do high gas prices come from?

Gas prices have fluctuated over the past few years. What drives prices at the pump? Two-thirds of the price is determined by the price crude oil brings on the world market.
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President's Message

Is Joblessness Now a Skills Problem?

Upfront

Regional News at a Glance

Federal Reserve

The Dodd-Frank Act and Insolvency 2.0

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Policy Update

Incentives for Greener Transportation

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Jargon Alert

Utility

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Research Spotlight

Ties that Bind

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Interview

Derek Neal

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Around the Fed

The Uncertain Effects of Economic Uncertainty

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Economic History

Wartime Wilmington

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Book Review

A Great Leap Forward 

District Digest

The Federal Presence in the Fifth District

Opinion

A Focused Approach to Financial Literacy

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