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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.

Oct 18, 2021

Market Response to Taper Talk

Will today's markets react to talks of the Fed reducing assets purchase in the way it reacted to similar talks in 2013? Read this Policy Hub: Macroblog post for a look at the data then and now to draw the appropriate conclusions.

Aug 20, 2021

How Does a Household's Exposure to Monetary Policy Vary over the Life Cycle?

A Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses new Atlanta Fed research that seeks to understand the responses of wealth and consumption of households of different ages.

Aug 10, 2021

Do Rising Retirements during COVID Reflect Demographic Trends?

Take an aging baby boomer cohort, add a pandemic, and what happens to retirement rates? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent data through the lens of the Atlanta Fed's Labor Force Participation Dynamics tool to find out.

Jul 15, 2021

Onboarding Remote Workers: A Hassle? Maybe. A Barrier? No.

The pandemic posed innumerable challenges for employers. But how prominent among them was integrating remote new hires into the workplace? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent survey data to see what employers, and those new employees, think.

Jul 14, 2021

Are Labor Shortages Slowing the Recovery? A View from the CFO Survey

Employers have faced challenges finding employees during the post-COVID recovery. To what extent are labor shortages restraining firms' revenues? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post consults data from the new CFO Survey to find out.


Policy Hub Papers

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

Sep 24, 2021

The Term Structure of the Excess Bond Premium: Measures and Implications

The authors of this Policy Hub article construct a variety of ways to measure the excess bond premium (EBP). They find that the short-term EBP measure increased more dramatically at the peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2007–09 financial crisis.

Sep 09, 2021

The Phillips Curve during the Pandemic: Bringing Regional Data to Bear

This Policy Hub article examines how labor market indicators and inflation have varied together during the pandemic across different parts of the United States. Areas whose labor markets have been especially hard hit by COVID have tended to have lower inflation than areas where the pandemic has had a milder impact on the jobs market.

Sep 01, 2021

Where Are They Now? Workers with Young Children during COVID-19

This Policy Hub article finds that women with very young children made up 10 percent of the prepandemic workforce yet account for nearly a quarter of COVID-related job losses. Daycare limitations appear to be a constraining factor on the availability of workers to fill open positions.

Aug 02, 2021

Digital Currency, Digital Payments, and the 'Last Mile' to the Unbanked

Using digital forms of payment requires funding from a source of money, such as cash or a bank account. Consequently, the unbanked population lacks access to digital payments—the so-called "last-mile" problem. This Policy Hub article examines some proposed solutions to this problem.

Jul 15, 2021

Heat versus Light: Fact-Checking the Debate over De-Risking

What is the evidence for claims about the connection between bank de-risking and anti–money laundering regulation? How does de-risking affect financial exclusion? In this Policy Hub article, the authors draw on multiple sources of information to answer these questions.