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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 2004

Tough Choices

Cover Story

Working for Health Care

Employer-sponsored health insurance is commonplace, but it's one of many factors distorting the market for medical services.


Putting on the Brakes

Certificate of need regulations try to steer health-care supplies, but it's hard to keep them from fishtailing.

The Baiting Game

Using economic incentives to attract new businesses isn't as simple as it seems.

No, Thank You

How economics may help slow the onslaught of spam e-mail.

Unwelcome Guests

A global economy grapples with the economic and ecological effects of invasive species.

No More Big Four?

Small cigarette manufacturers grab market share.




Additional Resources


Beyond Money and Banking: How Federal Reserve Banks Can Inform Broader Economic Policies

Federal Reserve

Information, Please?

Jargon Alert


Research Spotlight

Are Criminals Rational?

Short Takes

News From Around the District


James Buchanan Full Interview

Economic History

Sold, American!

Legislative Update

The Mixed Bag of Medicare Drug Coverage

District Economic Developments

State Economic Conditions


Is the Market Moral?

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