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Research Notes–September 2008

Featuring research published in August 2008


Inflation Beyond the Headlines
August 27, 2008
Dennis P. Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, comments on the current state of inflation in our economy, his views on inflation analytics, and the near-term outlook for inflation at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Economic Outlook Conference, in Atlanta, Ga.


The Final Frontier: The Integration of Banking and Commerce Part 1: The Likely Outcome of Eliminating the Barrier
Economic Review
Exploring the potential effects of removing the legal barriers between banks and commercial firms, this article surveys economic theory as well as experience in other developed countries and in U.S. nonbank conglomerates.

Firm Entry and Labor Market Dynamics
Working Paper 2008-17
In a model of aggregate fluctuations, sunk costs of entry and monopolistic competition help explain the cyclical dynamics of income shares and labor market variables.

Dollar Declined in July
The average monthly value for the trade-weighted dollar index of 15 major currencies tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta dropped 0.7 percent in July from the previous month.


Energy and the Southeast (MP3 7:54)
Southeastern Economic Perspectives
Laurel Graefe and Menbere Shiferaw, analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, discuss rising energy prices and how they affect businesses and consumers in the Southeast.

State of the Banking Industry (MP3 10:13)
Financial Update Focus
An interview with Brian Bowling, an assistant vice president in the Atlanta Fed's supervision and regulation department, about the general state of the banking industry in the Southeast.

El impacto de los trabajadores indocumentados (MP3 6:12)
Research Insights
Atlanta Fed research economist Myriam Quispe-Angoli discusses the effects of undocumented workers on wages.