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.

Region Focus

Spring 2006

Region Focus Fall 2006

Cover Story

The End of the "Free" Ride: Tolls bring home the true cost of roads

With traffic congestion worsening, transportation economists are emphasizing pricing tools to make drivers think about how much highways really cost.
Related Links

On Track?

Optimism meets reality in the pursuit of high-speed passenger rail in the Southwest.
Related Links

Trade Wars

The United States and other countries have turned to antidumping policies as their preferred instrument for trade protection. But critics say the policies are both ineffective and misapplied.
Related Links

Seasoned by the Seas

Boatbuilders continue to adapt to maritime markets and contribute to coastal economies in eastern North Carolina.
Related Links
Web Exclusive: The Evolution of Carolina Boats

Pensions Under Pressure

Government workers have long looked forward to retiring with generous, taxpayer-guaranteed nest eggs. But many of those retirement systems are having trouble staying in the black.
Related Links

The Pay Divide

Men make more money than women. Some new economic research helps explain why.
Related Links




Additional Resources

President's Message

Pensions in the 21st Century

Jargon Alert


Research Spotlight


Related Links

Policy Update

New Reforms for Deposit Insurance

Related Links

Around the Fed

Working or Shirking?

Related Links


Raymond Sauer

Related Links

Economic History

Heritage Tourism

Related Links
Web Exclusive: Harpers Ferry: Mountain State Tourism Hub

Book Review

Licensing Occupations

 Related Links


The Economist as Policy Adviser

Related Links

Contact Us


Aaron Steelman
Publications Director
(804) 697-2658