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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.

Sep 23, 2022

How Has the Market Responded to Restoring Price Stability?

As new data alter views on the optimal policy for controlling inflation, markets react in response. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post views a range of recent reactions and weighs what they mean for future market behavior.

Aug 31, 2022

Lessons from the Past: Can the 1970s Help Inform the Future Path of Monetary Policy?

If past is prologue, what can we learn from the Fed's past efforts to tame today's inflationary environment? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks to the 1970s to draw some useful parallels between then and now.

Aug 02, 2022

Firms' Inflation Expectations: Not Unanchored, but Perhaps Unsettled?

Has today's persistently high inflation altered firms' expectations for inflation in the longer run? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post assesses recent survey data to arrive at some conclusions about how today's inflationary environment could translate into future outcomes.

Jul 13, 2022

Rounded Wage Data and the Wage Growth Tracker: An Update

Understanding wage changes over time relies on consistent data. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses how recent proposals would affect the ability of the Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker to accurately view wage changes over time.

Jul 06, 2022

Workshop on Monetary and Financial History: Day Two

The second day of the Atlanta Fed's recent workshop on monetary and financial history included discussions of the past and future of money, as well as the evolution of Fed policymaking. This Policy Hub: Macroblog post recaps the day's discussions and presentations.

Policy Hub Papers

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

Oct 03, 2022

Pink and Poverty Taxes on Marriage

Does the US fiscal system discourage some women from marrying? This Policy Hub article looks at the marriage tax, which reflects the decline in lifetime spending power as a result of the difference in taxes and transfer benefits that arise from marriage.

Jul 14, 2022

How Many Rate Hikes Does Quantitative Tightening Equal?

When the Fed shrinks its balance sheet, what is the effect on the fed funds rate? The author of this Policy Hub article quantifies how many interest rate hikes quantitative tightening equals and compares the effect of tightening during normal times versus during financial crises.

Jul 11, 2022

Payment Card Adoption and Payment Choice

How do consumers without credit or debit cards make payments, and do consumers without these payment cards differ from other consumers? This Policy Hub article explores some questions surrounding inclusion in the payment system.

Jul 07, 2022

Lessons Learned from Mortgage Borrower Policies and Outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, the worst public health crisis in a century, caused significant distress in the mortgage market and led the federal government to intervene with an array of policies. This Policy Hub article looks at which policies helped mortgage holders—and which ones proved less effective.

Jun 22, 2022

Should the United States Issue a Central Bank Digital Currency? Lessons from Abroad

This Policy Hub article explores four countries that have been at the forefront of discussion, research, or implementation of a central bank digital currency to help clarify possible implications of such a currency in the United States.