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COVID-19 Caused 3 New Hires for Every 10 Layoffs

Reports about the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to slow its spread make for grim reading. One especially grim statistic is the number of layoffs. Since early March, just over 28 million persons have filed new claims for unemployment insurance benefits (roughly 30 million if you seasonally adjust).

Journal Article
Direct investments in securities: A primer

Direct investment plans (commonly known as DRIPs) let investors bypass traditional investment channels and avoid problems such as high transactions costs and the relatively large dollar amounts necessary to purchase certain assets. While no one expects these plans to answer all of the modern investor's needs, DRIPs probably appeal to the buy-and-hold clientele seeking the lowest possible transactions costs. ; This article discusses DRIPs, describing how the financial services industry has evolved to meet the needs of the small investor. The author identifies the remaining limitations on this ...
Economic Review , Volume 88 , Issue Q1 , Pages 1-14

Journal Article
Deregulation to provide challenges and opportunities for natural gas companies

Economics Update , Issue Jul , Pages 2-3

Journal Article
Atlanta Fed president discusses hurricanes, economic growth, and energy

In a recent speech, Jack Guynn said that despite the short-term disruption Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused, the U.S. economy is poised for growth and low inflation.
Financial Update , Volume 18 , Issue Q 4

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Moderate growth pushes Georgia past post-Olympic slowdown

Regional Update , Issue Oct , Pages 11-13

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Recovery will gain momentum in spring

Regional Update , Issue Jan , Pages 6-8

Working Paper
Wages and unemployment across business cycles: a high-frequency investigation

This paper investigates the change in wages associated with a spell of unemployment. The novelty lies in using monthly data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to analyze the dynamics of those wage changes across different business cycles. The level of education or the sector of re-employment affects the change in wages following an unemployment spell differently across different downturns. The degree of wage rigidity varies across recessions; wage changes pre- and post-unemployment are sometimes procyclical and sometimes countercyclical. These results may be useful for ...
FRB Atlanta Working Paper , Paper 2012-16

Working Paper
Specifying a consistent joint maximum-likelihood (JMLE) approach to testing bond models

In this paper we extend the results derived in our earlier work to develop a methodology to employ the maximum-likelihood estimation technique for the pricing of interest rate instruments. In order to price bonds and their derivative assets, researchers must identify a preference parameter in addition to the dynamics for the interest rate process. There are two approaches to obtaining estimators for both preference and dynamics parameters: (1) a two-stage approach and (2) a single-stage joint maximum-likelihood (JMLE) approach. The first approach, while tractable, suffers from serious ...
FRB Atlanta Working Paper , Paper 96-15

Working Paper
Understanding booms and busts in housing markets

Some booms in housing prices are followed by busts. Others are not. In either case it is difficult to find observable fundamentals that are correlated with price movements. We develop a model consistent with these observations. Real estate agents have heterogeneous expectations about long-run fundamentals but change their views because of "social dynamics." Agents meet randomly with one another. Those with tighter priors are more likely to convert others to their beliefs. The model generates a "fad": The fraction of the population with a particular view rises and then falls. Depending on ...
FRB Atlanta CQER Working Paper , Paper 2012-02

Journal Article
Understanding CAFTA: perspectives from all sides

Implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement creates new opportunities for U.S. companies. Because exports drive growth in the Southeast, gaining access to these new markets should enhance regional growth and development.
EconSouth , Volume 6 , Issue Q2



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