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Policy Hub: Macroblog

Policy Hub: Macroblog provides concise commentary and analysis on economic topics by staff economists and analysts for a broad audience.

May 06, 2021

How Has GDPNow Performed during the Pandemic?

Forecasting economic outcomes is challenging even under normal circumstances, and in the pandemic, it has become even more difficult. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at the recent performance of GDPNow as an illustration of this.

May 03, 2021

Is There a Global Factor in U.S. Bond Yields?

In globally interconnected economies, developments elsewhere in the world can affect domestic U.S. bond yields. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent dynamics to determine factors at work in the bond market.

Apr 07, 2021

CFOs Growing More Optimistic, See Only Modest Boost from Stimulus Plan

What impact have a reopening economy and a fresh round of stimulus had on firms' expectations? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post consults new survey data to look at the near-term outlook.

Mar 23, 2021

Hourly and Weekly Perspectives on Wage Growth during the Pandemic

How has the pandemic affected wage growth, and do the changes differ from previous economic upheavals? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post consults recent data to see how worker pay has fared in the time of COVID.

Mar 22, 2021

Inflation Expectations Reflect Concerns over Supply Disruptions, Crimped Capacity

An increasing number of firms anticipate higher inflation in the coming year. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post parses recent survey data to learn more about factors influencing their expectations.


Policy Hub Papers

Policy Hub Papers feature more detailed analyses of economic topics by staff economists and researchers for both academic and nonacademic audiences.

Mar 29, 2021

Bank Supervisory Goals versus Monetary Policy Implementation

How might bank supervision interfere with the implementation of monetary policy? This Policy Hub article examines three recent cases of such interference and discusses possible changes to supervision.

Feb 17, 2021

Will COVID-19 Erase Black Workers' Labor Market Gains?

In recent years, Black workers have made solid gains in the U.S. labor market, but COVID-19 threatens to undo some of the progress. This Policy Hub article looks at the pandemic's uneven impact on workers.

Jan 12, 2021

Consumer Behavior in a Health Crisis: What Happened with Cash?

When the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States, caseloads and currency in circulation both surged. Did consumer choice play a role in the increase in currency in circulation? This Policy Hub article uses survey data to explore consumer behavior around cash holdings and payments.

Dec 22, 2020

Model Uncertainty and Policy Design

When doubts about the probability model of uncertainty exist, challenges to the design of optimal policy emerge. This Policy Hub article examines the policymaker's management of the public's pessimistic expectations and the implications of this idea.

Dec 21, 2020

The CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Program during the COVID-19 Pandemic

How do increased unemployment benefits (through the CARES Act) interact with COVID infection risk and lockdown policy, and how much do they increase unemployment and reduce infection? This Policy Hub article gives an overview of recent Bank research that addresses these questions.