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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.

First Quarter 2018

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2018

Cover Story: Are Markets Too Concentrated?
Industries are increasingly concentrated in the hands of fewer firms. But is that a bad thing?

Fourth Quarter 2017

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2017

Cover Story: Medicine Markup
Americans pay a lot for prescription drugs. Does that mean we pay too much?

Third Quarter 2017

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2017

Cover Story: Cyberattacks and the Digital Dilemma
Recent high-profile hacks have renewed calls for improved security, but competing incentives pose a challenge

Second Quarter 2017

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2017

Cover Story: Pricing Vice
Can "sin taxes" be good for your health and the economy?

First Quarter 2017

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2017

Cover Story: The Missing Boomerang Buyers
Does it matter whether people who lost their homes during the foreclosure crisis come back to the housing market?

Third/Fourth Quarter 2016

Econ Focus, Third/Fourth Quarter 2016

Special Issue: Economics Over the Life Cycle
This issue looks at the economic situations that Americans face at various points in their lives — and the implications for economic policy and personal finance.

Second Quarter 2016

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2016

Cover Story: Tomorrow's Lenders?
Online nonbank lenders have experienced tremendous growth. What promises, and perils, do they hold for the financial system?

First Quarter 2016

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2016

Cover Story: Will America Get a Raise?
Economists debate why wage growth has been so sluggish during the recovery from the Great Recession

Fourth Quarter 2015

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2015

Cover Story: Dealing with Disasters
From hurricanes to asteroids, how should we determine what steps to take to avert catastrophe?

Third Quarter 2015

Econ Focus, Third Quarter 2015

Featured Article: A Fresh Look at the "Huddled Masses"
Economists are looking at past mass migration waves to understand Europe's refugee surge.

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Aaron Steelman
Publications Director