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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 2006

Region Focus Summer 2006

Cover Story

$afety First

When markets work, it pays for companies to have safer workplaces, including the coalfields of Virginia and West Virginia.

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The (Illegal) Immigrant Effect

The economic impact of unauthorized migrants isn't as big as you might think.
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Short Fall

Commodity producers are expanding capacity to meet growing demand, but lags in supply are putting pressure on Fifth District manufacturers. Will this round of short-term pain spread to consumers?
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Love, Money, and Marriage

There are many reasons why being married makes economic sense. But do they make promoting marriage suitable for public policy?
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Productivity Postponed

The late 20th century witnessed huge leaps in information technology innovation, but gains in productivity were slow to follow. Economists, including two with ties to the Richmond Fed, help explain why.
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Meet the New Grundy

A new downtown Grundy, Va., will move to an elevated site across the Levisa River. The old business district suffered four major floods during the 20th century because of its precaurious location at the intersection of Slate Creek and the Levisa.
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Bypassing Banks

PROSPER aims to directly link individual borrowers with lenders using an eBay-type model. But will it work?
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