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



Second/Third Quarter 2012

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Cover Story

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Why are more people leaving the labor force, and what are they doing?

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Pulling Up Stakes

Americans are moving less, and it's not clear why — but housing is not the whole story
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Testing Charter Cities

New cities with better rules might accelerate economic growth in developing nations
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The Sharp Rise in Disability Claims

Are federal disability benefits becoming a general safety net?
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The Once and Future Fuel

Shale gas promises to bring cheap energy, but the locals are divided
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Department Article Additional Resources
President's Message

The Importance of Bankers on the Richmond Fed's Board


Regional News at a Glance

Federal Reserve

Winners and Losers from Monetary Policy

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Jargon Alert

Balance of Trade

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Research Spotlight

Are New Graduates Left Behind in a Recession?

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Policy Update

When Do Acquisitions Endanger the Financial System?

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John A. List

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Economic History

The Voyage to Containerization

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Book Review

The New Geography of Jobs

District Digest

Dimensions and Drivers of Metro Area Growth: How Do Fifth District Metros Stack Up?


Economics, Uncertainty, and the Environment

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Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658