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Econ Focus

Econ Focus is the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The quarterly publication covers economic issues affecting the Fifth Federal Reserve District and the nation.

First Quarter 2019

Cover Story: Opportunity Zones - More Money, More Problems?
The promise and pitfalls of a new financing model for distressed communities

Fourth Quarter 2018

Cover Story: Navigating Energy Booms and Busts
The fracking revolution has created new job opportunities, but are workers prepared for the fluctuations of the energy economy?

Third Quarter 2018

Cover Story: Help Wanted
Employers are having a hard time hiring. Not enough workers or not the right skills?

Second Quarter 2018

Cover Story: Tariffs and Trade Disputes
How are recent moves affecting businesses in the Fifth District?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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