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Household debt

Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Nov

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Assessing the impact of job loss on workers and firms

Many economists agree that the United States? openness to competition and technological change raises our living standards, but sometimes results in job losses. This article summarizes ?Job Loss: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses,? a conference which was cosponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Joyce Foundation.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Apr

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Economy to Move Down the Road at a Solid Pace in 2014 and Accelerate Slightly in 2015

According to participants in the Chicago Fed?s annual Automotive Outlook Symposium, the nation?s economic growth is forecasted to be solid this year and to strengthen somewhat in 2015. Inflation is expected to increase in 2014 and remain flat in 2015. The unemployment rate is anticipated to move lower but remain near 6% through the end of 2015. Light vehicle sales are predicted to improve moderately in 2014 and 2015.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue July

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State and local business taxation: is there a better way?

Over 80 academics, business leaders, and public policymakers came to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on September 13, 2004, to explore how state and local governments tax business. The conference, which was co-sponsored by the National Tax Association, examined proposals to improve business tax efficiency and equity.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Dec

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Has Business Fixed Investment Really Been Unusually Low?

Business fixed investment represents the spending by businesses to increase production capacity. It is traditionally decomposed into equipment (such as computers and machines), structures (such as plants, shopping malls, or warehouses), and intellectual property (such as software and R&D). After declining sharply during the Great Recession, business fixed investment (BFI) recovered in 2010, but investment was again quite low in 2015 and 2016. This slowdown was driven in part by the decline of oil prices that led to a significant contraction in the oil drilling industry. Since then, growth has ...
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Economic Outlook Symposium: Summary of 2015 Results and 2016 Forecasts

According to participants in the Chicago Fed?s annual Economic Outlook Symposium, the U.S. economy is forecasted to grow at a pace slightly above average in 2016, with inflation moving higher and the unemployment rate edging lower
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Piketty’s Book and Macro Models of Wealth Inequality

Thomas Piketty?s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century is, in the author?s own words, a book about the history of the distribution of income and wealth. Among other interesting and important facts, the book quantifies the evolution of wealth inequality and wealth concentration over time and across a number of countries. Wealth is highly concentrated, and its distribution is skewed with a long right tail; a small number of very rich individuals hold a large share of total wealth in the economy.
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The fall and rise of the global economy

Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Apr

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Using payment innovations to improve transportation networks: a conference summary

On June 12, 2007, Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago jointly hosted a conference to discuss road pricing strategies, as well as other issues related to reducing transportation congestion and improving economic efficiency in the Chicago region and around the world. On June 12, 2007, Chicago Metropolis 2020 and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago jointly hosted a conference to discuss road pricing strategies, as well as other issues related to reducing transportation congestion and improving economic efficiency in the Chicago region and around the world.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Sep

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Reforming financial regulation - a conference summary

The Chicago Fed?s 45th annual Conference on Bank Structure and Competition, which took place May 6?8, 2009, brought together industry personnel, regulators, and academics to discuss the recent financial crisis and financial regulatory reform, among other issues.
Chicago Fed Letter , Issue Mar

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