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Speaking of the Economy

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We’re telling the economic stories of the people who live and work in the communities we serve. Join us each week as we explore these topics with economists and experts from our Bank and beyond.

Latest Episodes


Marvin Goodfriend
May 18, 2022

The Legacy of Marvin Goodfriend

Alex Wolman and Robert King reflect on the life and legacy of Marvin Goodfriend. Throughout his career, Goodfriend wrote a number of influential papers on monetary policy and played a key role in the development of the Richmond Fed's Research Department. Wolman is vice president for monetary and macroeconomic research at the Richmond Fed and King is a professor of economics at Boston University.

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Rural entrepreneurs
May 11, 2022

Rural Entrepreneurship

Host Tim Sablik discusses his recent research on the value of entrepreneurs in the economic growth of rural places and small towns, as well as the obstacles that they face compared to more urban communities. Sablik also talks with Erika Bell and Laura Ullrich about what they have learned from their contacts in North Carolina and South Carolina about rural entrepreneurship. Bell is community development regional manager for the Carolinas and Ullrich is a regional economist in the Richmond Fed's Charlotte branch.

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white man on big stack of coins and black man on small stack of coins displaying a gap in earnings
April 27, 2022

Understanding the Black-White Wealth Gap

Urvi Neelakantan and Kristen Broady review their research on differences in wealth between races and potential causes behind these differences. They also discuss potential solutions to closing wealth gaps. Neelakantan is a senior policy economist at the Richmond Fed and Broady is a senior economist, economic advisor, and director of the Economic Mobility Project at the Chicago Fed.

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