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January 2019

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NC Opportunity Zones
Panelists of the 38th Annual Economic Outlook Conference discuss the use of Opportunity Zones in attracting business investments in low-income communities. Left to Right: Richmond Fed’s Jeanne Milliken Bonds, senior manager, Regional Community Development; State Treasurer of South Carolina Curtis Loftis; former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges; and Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, Steve Benjamin.

Speeches, Presentations and Public Appearances

  • Tom Barkin, President. Speech "The Outlook for Growth". January 4, 2019. Maryland Bankers Association First Friday Economic Outlook. Baltimore, Maryland.

Media Interviews and Commentary

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Selected Publications

Recent articles explore:

  • The Tight Labor Market. Many companies are reporting trouble finding employees. Is the problem that there aren’t enough workers or that workers don’t have the right skills? The answer has implications for productivity, wage growth and inflation.
  • Why Countries Avoid Default. U.S. debt is projected to reach new heights in the coming decades, which has raised some concerns about the possibility of default. Many countries have defaulted on their debts throughout history — sometimes repeatedly. These episodes can help shed light on why nations will often go to great lengths to avoid default and to appease creditors in the event that default becomes unavoidable.
  • Leaving LIBOR. Trillions of dollars of financial contracts are based on the London Interbank Offered Rate, commonly known as LIBOR. But LIBOR, recently at the center of a market-manipulation scandal, is slated to disappear after 2021. Is the financial system ready?
  • Rural vs. Urban. Economic disparities between rural and urban areas have been a growing concern of policymakers. Defining rural and urban as well as understanding the differences between these areas can help researchers evaluate drivers of employment and poverty.
  • Yield Curve Concerns. Yield curve inversions have preceded each of the past seven recessions, so the recent flattening of the yield curve has fueled speculation that another recession might be imminent. But a recent report from the Richmond Fed shows why yield curve inversions may be more likely even if the risk of recession has not increased.

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