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Research Notes–April 2007

Featuring research published in March 2007


Should We Worry About the Inverted Yield Curve?
EconSouth Q1 2007
Inverted yield curves are rare. The last one occurred before the 2000 recession. Mainstream media are raising concerns about the current inverted yield curve, but a more thorough analysis suggests little reason for concern.

A Falling Dollar: Good or Bad News?
EconSouth Q1 2007
Against some other major currencies around the world, the value of the U.S. dollar has dropped considerably in recent years. Whether it helps or harms the U.S. economy is a matter of perspective.

Dollar Appreciates In February
In March the average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta fell 0.2 percent in February from the previous month.

Regional Economics

After the Boom, Housing Affordability a Growing Challenge
EconSouth Q1 2007
Home ownership has long been a cornerstone of the American dream. Although the housing boom has crested, ensuring a supply of affordable housing remains a challenge for areas whose growth has been robust.

Housing Affordability: An Economist's Perspective
EconSouth Q1 2007
An audio interview with Atlanta Fed economist Julie Hotchkiss on housing affordability and its surrounding issues.

Florida Drives the National Auto Market
EconSouth Q1 2007
The Sunshine State represents the nation’s second-largest car market. Changes in the marketplace—from sagging fleet sales to strong import performance—reverberate from Florida to Detroit and beyond.

Car–Buying Consumers Await Stability in Housing Prices
EconSouth Q1 2007
An interview with Mike Jackson, chairman and CEO of AutoNation Inc.

Knoxville Broadcasts Growth
EconSouth Q1 2007
With nearly 700,000 people in the metropolitan area, low unemployment, and a vibrant economy, Knoxville is more than just the home of the University of Tennessee.