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“The back story on front page economics.” These accessible essays cover the basics of economic topics, with a separate version for use in the classroom. Special “Focus on Finance” essays cover personal finance.

Posted 2011-11-01

Then and Now: Fed Policy Actions During the Great Depression and Great Recession

by David A. Lopez

Although the recent Great Recession was severe, its financial impact never paralleled that of the Great Depression. The November Newsletter compares these two economic downturns and shows how lessons learned in the Great Depression helped current Federal Reserve policymakers stabilize the economy during the recent economic crisis.
Posted 2011-10-01

Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery

by Constanza S. Liborio

Natural disasters often cause extensive loss and damage, yet post-disaster reconstruction may create opportunities that bring long-term economic benefits. Read the October 2011 Newsletter "Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery" for details.
Posted 2011-09-01

Time Inconsistency: Today’s Actions = Tomorrow’s Regrets

by E. Katarina Vermann

Have you ever bought something you really couldn't afford? You simply swipe your credit card and leave the store with something shiny and new. That instant gratification overpowers any thought of the regret you'll have when you must start paying off your accumulated debt. Economists call this phenomenon time inconsistency. Read the September 2011 newsletter for some ideas on how to prevent time inconsistency for yourself and your government.
Posted 2011-08-01

Is a College Cap and Gown a Financial Ball and Chain?

by Lowell R. Ricketts

The cost of a college education continues to rise.The Project on Student Debt estimates that a typical 2009 college graduate accumulated $24,000 in student loan debt. Is a college degree worth the cost? Read the August 2011 Newsletter for the latest data on college versus high school graduates' earnings and employment prospects.
Posted 2011-05-01

Financial Regulation: A Primer on the Dodd-Frank Act

by Bryan J. Noeth

Last July, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 brought the most sweeping financial regulatory reform since the Great Depression. The May 2011 Liber8 newsletter outlines key provisions of the Act intended to prevent or lessen future financial crises and enhance consumer protection.
Posted 2011-04-01

Quantitative Easing Explained

by Lowell R. Ricketts

"Quantitative easing" has been in the headlines a lot from 2009 to 2011. First there was QE and then QE2. What exactly is quantitative easing, who does it, and how does it affect the economy? This month's newsletter has the answers.
Posted 2011-03-01

Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Times of Crisis

by Constanza S. Liborio

To find out more about fiscal and monetary policy— who conducts them, how they work, and their roles during economic downturns— read this month's newsletter.
Posted 2011-02-01

Deflation: Who Let the Air Out?

by Hoda El-Ghazaly

Inflation, deflation, disinflation. They affect the prices of everything we buy. To find out how and what's happening in today's economy, see the February 2011 newsletter, "Deflation: Who Let the Air Out?"
Posted 2011-01-01

Financial Crises, Reform, and Central Banking: Establishing the Federal Reserve

by David Lopez

Financial crises and recessions have often led to significant financial reform. Perhaps the most noteworthy financial reform of the past century was the formation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913. This month's newsletter provides historical details of events leading up to the founding of the Federal Reserve.

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