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Collateral Damage: House Prices and Consumption During the Great Recession

Did a decline in house prices cause the Great Recession? And if so, how? Credit constraints may be the key to answering those questions
Economic Insights , Volume 4 , Issue 3 , Pages 7-12

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Why Are Recessions So Hard to Predict? Random Shocks and Business Cycles

Economists are like doctors, not soothsayers. They can't predict recessions, but they can help us understand why one is happening. And that can make all the difference for policymaking.
Economic Insights , Volume 4 , Issue 1 , Pages 1-8

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The Value of Loyal Customers

Is there a rational reason that stock prices in some industries greatly exceed book values? The answer may lie in the idea that customers are capital.
Economic Insights , Volume 2 , Issue 2 , Pages 11-17

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Central Bank Digital Currency: Is It a Good Idea?

A CBDC might make banking easier for you and me. It might also change how banks operate.
Economic Insights , Volume 5 , Issue 2 , Pages 9-15

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Just How Important Are New Businesses?

New businesses are major job generators, so disappointing trends in firm formation have raised concern. Thorsten Drautzburg discusses why at least some of the worry might be misplaced.
Economic Insights , Volume 1 , Issue 4 , Pages 1-7

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House Price Booms, Then and Now

House prices rose rapidly in the run-up to the crash of 2007, but not everywhere. Understanding why can help us prepare for future recessions.
Economic Insights , Volume 5 , Issue 2 , Pages 16-21

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Regulating Consumer Credit and Protecting (Behavioral) Borrowers

Public policy debate around consumer credit has focused on consumer protection. But from whom are we protecting these borrowers?
Economic Insights , Volume 5 , Issue 1 , Pages 14-19

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Understanding Gentrification’s Causes

What do three centuries of Philadelphia history tell us about today?s changing neighborhoods?
Economic Insights , Volume 2 , Issue 3 , Pages 9-17

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Making Sense of Urban Patterns

Why do cities everywhere exhibit the same general patterns of density and development? And how can we explain some striking variations? The streets of Philadelphia roll west through a collage of urban environments familiar to city dwellers nearly everywhere. From Penn Square, the central site of the iconic stone City Hall, Market Street traverses a canyon of concrete and glass office buildings that gradually give way to commercial and apartment structures and mixed uses. A mile from City Hall, the busy thoroughfare crosses the Schuylkill River, and density again picks up as the University of ...
Economic Insights , Volume 2 , Issue 1 , Pages 1-5

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Did quantitative easing work?

Did QE lower yields and stimulate the economy? What about risks? Weighing the evidence requires a bit of theory.
Economic Insights , Volume 1 , Issue 1 , Pages 5-13

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