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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.

Nov 07, 2022

Do Freeway Lids Spur Development in Cities? Evidence from Dallas

A highway is rarely a city's most attractive feature, so does constructing a park over a freeway spur development? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post considers a group of southern cities to determine the economic effects of a freeway "lid."

Oct 21, 2022

Viewing the Wage Growth Tracker through the Lens of Wage Levels

Wages have risen markedly since the onset of the pandemic, but the increase has differed across the earning spectrum. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent data through the lens of the Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker to see where wage increases have been greatest.

Oct 20, 2022

The Atlanta Fed's Early Career Visitor Program Workshop: A Synopsis

The Atlanta Fed recently hosted a visitor program workshop that included presentations of a wide range of research. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post summarizes some of the diverse research that attendees discussed.

Oct 18, 2022

Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Potential and Risks

Decentralized finance, or DeFi, has the potential to significantly transform finance. It also carries considerable potential risk. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses recent research into the nascent technology.

Oct 11, 2022

Will Office Conversions Meet Housing Demand?

The post-COVID trend toward working from home has made considerable office space available. Could that space help alleviate the housing crunch? To answer that question, a new Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent data.

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 18, 2022

Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Transformative Potential and Associated Risks

Decentralized finance, or DeFi—financial products and services that operate on decentralized platforms using blockchains—has the potential to reshape finance. But it also holds considerable risk. This Policy Hub article examines the emerging innovation.

Oct 06, 2022

Aging, Deflation, and Secular Stagnation

This Policy Hub article looks at the aging of the population and explores whether it will weigh on future prices, interest rates, and output growth.

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.