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Bank:Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  Series:Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter 

Patents: protecting inventors and the public good

Patent rights are becoming increasingly controversial in areas such as pharmaceuticals and genetics. Should the public good come before the private gain of new product inventors or developers? The May 2010 Newsletter tackles this issue.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue May

Season’s greetings and seasonal adjustments

Have you every wondered what the term "seasonally adjusted" means in relation to economic data? What does the change of seasons have to do with economics? The January 2009 Newsletter explains the term and shows its effect on economic data.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue January

U.S. health care insurance and the uninsured

With continuing increases in both health care spending and the number of Americans who are uninsured, everyone seems to have an opinion on how to rein in costs and provide better coverage. This month's Newsletter offers an overview of why costs are so high and what can be done to improve the situation.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue Nov

Big-box retail and its impact on local communities

What is the local impact of big-box retail? Some states have begun to reconsider whether the benefits of such development are worth the costs to local communities.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue Jan

Ethanol: is corn the golden fuel?

With oil prices well over $100 per barrel, policymakers are considering everything from new fuel efficiency standards to biomass in an effort to reduce U.S. gasoline consumption. High oil prices, global warming, and the vitality of the American farm have introduced words such as ?ethanol,? ?E85?, and ?flexible-fuel vehicle? to American households. However, the potential costs and benefits of ethanol production should be considered objectively. This month's newsletter explores the costs and benefits of America's golden fuel?ethanol.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue April

School vouchers: the right choice or wrong policy for improving our schools?

August is back-to-school time, but for many families that means a return to poor-performing schools. The perennial question is how to improve performance. The use of school vouchers is one proposed but highly debated solution. This article examines the history of school vouchers and the major arguments for and against them.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue Aug

Natural disasters: from destruction to recovery

Natural disasters often cause extensive loss and damage, yet post-disaster reconstruction may create opportunities that bring long-term economic benefits. Read the October 2011 Newsletter "Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery" for details.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue October

What do financial market indicators tell us?

To those unfamiliar with financial and economic lingo, the terms bandied about in the news can sometimes make no sense. The January 2012 Liber8 Newsletter, "What Do Financial Market Indicators Tell Us?" offers some help with explanations of common terms. The essay is accompanied by a table of terms, definitions, and the significance of each to the broader economy.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue Jan

What is a recession?

The past year has seen much debate about whether the United States is officially in (or not in) a recession (it is). But just what is a recession? Who decides that fact and how? Or, in other words, what actually makes a recession a recession? Read the February 2009 Newsletter for all the details.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue February

Fiscal and monetary policy in times of crisis

To find out more about fiscal and monetary policy? who conducts them, how they work, and their roles during economic downturns? read this month's newsletter.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue March




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