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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

Winter 2008

Winter 2008 Cover

Cover Story

Going Private

Another private equity boom has passed, but the underlying need for the industry has not
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Virtual Economics

Economists explore the research value of virtual worlds
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Wanted: Brains to Train

Firms court and school a new breed of skilled worker
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From Payroll to Playoffs

Is revenue sharing the best way to keep major league baseball competitive?
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Building a Better Market

The right financial contracts and intermediaries can give borrowers and lenders a helping hand
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Additional Resources

President's Message

Of Mortgages and Markets

Federal Reserve

Central Bank Cooperation Related Links

Jargon Alert

Ricardian Equivalence

Research Spotlight

Self-Control Related Links

Policy Update

A New Addition to the Fed's Toolkit Related Links

Around the Fed

Urban Flight Related Links

Short Takes

News from around the District


Christopher Ruhm Full Interview

Economic History

Rice to Riches Related Links

Book Review

Self-Help Economics


State Economic Conditions


In Defense of Failure

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