Monetary policy and the new normal
Is the economy in for a prolonged spell of slow growth, as some believe, or a burst of innovation and productivity? In either event, policymakers must pay close attention to productivity trends.
Investing in Elm Street: What Happens When Firms Buy Up Houses?
Since the onset of the mortgage crisis in 2007, a much larger than normal share of single-family houses listed for sale in the U.S. each year has been purchased by institutional investors?Wall Street firms, real estate trusts, international funds, and so on. This phenomenon has been easing since 2013, but investor activity remains widespread and is particularly prevalent in high-foreclosure areas such as Las Vegas and Atlanta, where prices had soared during the housing bubble and, after the crash, severe house price downturns occurred. This trend is also growing in areas of the country where ...
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.
Make-up Strategies for Monetary Policy
How the Federal Reserve is addressing the challenge of the long-term decline in interest rates.
Regional Spotlight: The State of the States
The U.S. economy has been expanding for seven years ? but don?t tell that to a handful of states that have suffered recessions recently. Paul R. Flora discusses how Philadelphia Fed indexes may aid in the tricky business of identifying recession patterns among the 50 states.
Chapter 11 for Countries?
Sovereign default risk is rising, yet the system for dealing with it remains flawed. Satyajit Chatterjee explains why it might be time to revive a debt restructuring proposal the international community rejected in 2003.
Regional Spotlight: Purchasing Power Across the U.S.
Where you live can determine how far a dollar goes. But pay varies regionally, too. To get a true picture of an area?s affordability, it helps to understand regional price parities.
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
Regional Spotlight: Surveying the South Jersey Economy
After 25 years and two recessions, how well has our South Jersey Business Survey tracked the local economy?
Banking trends: how Dodd–Frank affects small bank costs
Do stricter regulations enacted since the financial crisis pose a significant burden?