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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 2009

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Cover Story

Know When to Fold 'Em: How the corporate bankruptcy system benefits and hinders the economy

It's important to distinguish between firms that are merely distressed and those that are no longer viable. Does the current corporate bankruptcy system provide the most efficient means to this end?
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The Language of Local: Community papers survive by sweating the small stuff

While many big metro dailies are floundering, community newspapers seem to be weathering the storm.
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Science Panel May Study Virginia Uranium Plan

Uranium found in Virginia's rural Pittsylvania County opens up a new front in the national debate over the future of nuclear energy.
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Ballpark Boom: New minor league stadiums spring up across the region

Since 2005, four minor league baseball parks have been built in the Fifth District. Are they really engines of economic growth?
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Learning Curves: The economics behind high school economic education

Standards for how Fifth District students learn about supply and demand have been established. But a debate remains about the effectiveness of economic education and personal finance programs.
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Housing Cools State-to-State Migration: But Carolinas remain a magnet

People aren't moving as much these days. But that hasn't stopped the Carolinas from ranking among the fastest-growing states in the United States last year.
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The Banking Landscape in the Fifth District

A look at the size and scope of the region's depository institutions.

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