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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

Summer 2004

Which Way Now?

Cover Story

The Road To Recovery

Retraining programs throughout the Fifth District are preparing displaced manufacturing workers for new niches in the global economy.


The Downzoning Effect

When rural communities lower the density of residential development, the merits of land conversation collide with market forces. What happens next?

Spanning the Chesapeake Bay

For 40 years, the world's largest bridge-tunnel has connected the Virginia maniland to the Delmarva Peninsula.

On the Outside Looking In

Millions of Americans do not use conventional banking services, but is that necessarily bad?

Blowing in the Wind

North Carolina acts to cup upwind pollution.

What the Doctor Ordered?

The economics of drug reimportation.




Additional Resources


Parting Shots

Federal Reserve

The Fed & the ECB

Jargon Alert


Research Spotlight

Learning to Compete

Short Takes

News From Around the District


Kenneth Elzinga

Economic History

Knowledge = Power

Book Review

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Games

Legislative Update

Virginia Budget Brings Fiscal Fitness But Not Reform


State Economic Conditions 


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