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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

Fall 2004

The Creative Class

Cover Story

Why Cities Grow

Economist Richard Florida argues that cities must attract young, talented workers - what he dubs the 'creative class' - if they want to prosper.


Appalachian Diversification

In the heart of Appalachia, the people of Southwest Virginia are creating economic opportunities to replace coal jobs.

The Fattening of America

As we benefit from greater convenience and efficiency, our waistlines are widening in the process.

Above the Minimum

Living-wage statutes are designed to help low-income workers in Baltimore and other Fifth District communities, but do they get the job done?




Additional Resources


Fed Lending and Moral Hazard

Federal Reserve

The Road to Independence

Jargon Alert

Opportunity Cost

Research Spotlight

The Economics of Happiness

Short Takes

News From Around the District


Al Broaddus and Tom Humphrey Full Interview

Economic History

Labor Pains

Book Review

Too Big to Fail

Legislative Update

States Move to Prevent Post-Disaster Price Gouging

District Economic Developments

State Economic Conditions


The Paradox of Voting

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