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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.

Econ Focus

Spring 2003

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Cover Story

Running on Empty?

While the Fifth District's water supply outlook isn't as dry as you might think, the region could benefit from water policy reform.


A Difficult Diagnosis

The shortage of affordable malpractice insurance in West Virginia and elsewhere won't be easy to solve.

Up In Smoke

Fifth District states are burning through tobacco settlement funds to balance their books.

To Tax or Not to Tax?

States ponder new ways to collect taxes on online sales.

A Delicate Balance

Constructing an intellectual property regime that promotes both innovation and social welfare.




Additional Resources


Water Rights

Federal Reserve

They're All Ears

Jargon Alert


Short Takes

News From Around the District


Vernon Smith

Economic History

Story of a Port Town

Legislative Update

Covering the Cost of Terrorism


State Economic Conditions 


The More the Merrier

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