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.
Cover Story: Dealing with Disasters
From hurricanes to asteroids, how should we determine what steps to take to avert catastrophe?
Featured Article: A Fresh Look at the "Huddled Masses"
Economists are looking at past mass migration waves to understand Europe's refugee surge.
Cover Story: The Public Perils of Private Debt
Debt makes the wheels of commerce turn. But under certain circumstances, it can also heighten financial crises and recessions.
Cover Story: The Secession Question
What are the economic costs and benefits of nations breaking apart?
Cover Story: The Sharing Economy
Are new online markets creating economic value or threatening consumer safety?
Featured Article: Birds of a Feather
Does the hawk-dove distinction still matter in the modern Fed?
Cover Story: Crowded
While more is not always merrier, population growth over the last century has had many positive effects
Cover Story: Cybersecuring Payments
Are we losing the fight against next-gen bank robbers?
Cover story: "Risky Business?"
Insurance is boring...or at least it's supposed to be
Cover Story: Has College Become a Riskier Investment?
The payoff has become more uncertain — but you're probably still better off going
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