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



Fourth Quarter 2011

Why Aren't We Creating More Jobs?

Cover Story

American Made

The manufacturing sector is stronger than you might think — but new vulnerabilities are emerging

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Would a Little Inflation Produce a Bigger Recovery?

Why some economists actually want the Fed to push prices higher — and what it might cost the economy
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Patents Pending

The system designed to protect and promote innovation could be slowing it down
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Recession on the Eve of Retirement

Losses from the recession will cause some baby boomers to delay retirement, but many others will actually rush into it
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Babies, Brains, and Abilities

Early investments in education shape life outcomes
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Cloudy with a Chance of ... Savings

Weather affects every sector of the economy, so there's a lot to be gained from getting the forecasts right
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Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message

What Should Policymakers Do About Executive Pay?

Policy Update

Tribes Seek Uncle Sam's Seal of Approval

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Federal Reserve

Checking the Paychecks

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Jargon Alert

Velocity of Money

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Research Spotlight

How Consumers Respond to Stimulus Payments

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Around the Fed

Where Did the Money Go?

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Michael Bordo

Full Interview
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Economic History

Tar and Turpentine

District Digest

Manufacturing in the Fifth District: Assessing Its Role During the Great Recession


No Quick Fix for the Housing Market

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Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658