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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.

Jun 23, 2022

Financial Markets Conference 2022: Exploring the Financial Sector

The second of two Policy Hub: Macroblog posts, looking back at the Atlanta Fed's recent Financial Markets Conference, examines three challenges facing the financial sector, including central bank digital currency; environmental, social, and corporate governance investing; and cybersecurity.

Jun 03, 2022

Financial Markets Conference 2022: Normalizing the Fed's Balance Sheet

The Atlanta Fed recently concluded its annual Financial Markets Conference. The first of two Policy Hub: Macroblog posts summarizes some of the discussions, which looked at possible economic implications of changes in the Fed's balance sheet.

May 19, 2022

An Evaluation of GDP Nowcasts during the Pandemic

Arriving at an accurate forecast of changes in gross domestic product requires frequent calibration of the tools used to produce the forecast. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses some recent adjustments to the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow tool.

Mar 01, 2022

Assessing Recent Labor Market Improvement

Adjustments to population data can make assessing labor market behavior challenging. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses how to accommodate these adjustments to arrive at a more accurate picture of labor market performance over time.

Feb 03, 2022

Rounded Wage Data and the Wage Growth Tracker

Recently announced changes to wage data will affect the Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses these changes and how we're adapting the tracker to accommodate them.

Policy Hub Papers

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

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.

Jun 21, 2022

Considerations on ESG Investment Implementation

Investing according to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) standards has become widespread. Read this Policy Hub article for a high-level overview of some considerations investment managers face when investing according to ESG standards.

Jun 01, 2022

Should the US Issue a Central Bank Digital Currency?

Whether the United States should issue a central bank digital currency poses numerous thorny questions. This Policy Hub article wades into the debate to define the problems surrounding a CBDC and offer some answers.

May 09, 2022

Did Substance Abuse during the Pandemic Reduce Labor Force Participation?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, levels of substance abuse rose while labor force participation rates fell. This Policy Hub article examines the impact of heightened substance abuse on the US workforce.

Apr 07, 2022

Who Benefited Most from the CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Provisions?

During the pandemic, the government enhanced unemployment benefits and made them easier to obtain, benefiting many people. But who were the greatest beneficiaries of those enhanced benefits? This Policy Hub article explores which workers felt the greatest impact from temporary changes to unemployment insurance.