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Author:Hernandez-Murillo, Ruben 

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Clustered Housing Cycles

Using a panel of U.S. city-level building permits data, we estimate a Markov-switching model of housing cycles that allows for idiosyncratic departures from a national housing cycle. These departures occur for clusters of cities that experience simultaneous housing contractions. We find that cities do not form housing regions in the traditional geographic sense. Instead, similarities in factors affecting the demand for housing (such as average winter temperature and the unemployment rate) appear to be more important determinants of cyclical comovements than similarities in factors affecting ...
Working Papers (Old Series) , Paper 1524

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Health care costs and coverage

National Economic Trends , Issue Nov

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Innovation: Is the Eighth District catching up with the nation?

The degree of innovation in the Eighth District has lagged the rest of the nation over the past two decades. In one area, however, the District is beginning to catch up.
The Regional Economist , Issue Apr , Pages 12-13

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Suburban expansion

Census figures show that suburbs in the Eighth District are growing faster than they are for the nation as a whole
The Regional Economist , Issue Oct , Pages 12-13

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Strategic social responsibility

National Economic Trends , Issue Sep

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Experiments in financial liberalization: the Mexican banking sector

Since the liberalization of its trade in the mid-1980s, Mexico has pursued an aggressive globalization strategy, which today makes it the country with the most free trade agreements in the world. This liberalization strategy has also included the banking sector, particularly since 1997, when all restrictions to the entry of foreign banks were removed. The history of the banking sector in Mexico includes episodes of nationalization in 1982, privatization in 1992, and near-complete failure in 1995. Since then, however, the Mexican government has undertaken a series of bold reforms that have ...
Review , Volume 89 , Issue Sep , Pages 415-432

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In some cases, a sick economy can be a prescription for good health

A recession, as long as it?s not too deep or too long, may be good for your health, recent studies suggest.
The Regional Economist , Issue Oct , Pages 8-9

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Adding up the economic effects of immigration

The influx of low-skilled and undocumented workers raises concerns about the impact on low-skilled U.S.-born workers and on the tax burden for all those born in the United States.
The Regional Economist , Issue Oct , Pages 12-13

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Immigration at the extremes of the skill distribution

According to economists, in the 1980s and 1990s, immigration of low-skilled workers may have increased the labor supply of highly skilled women, and immigration of highly skilled workers may have increased the rate of innovation in the United States.
Economic Synopses

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New views on immigration

National Economic Trends , Issue Jun

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