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Economic Research

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Volume 10, Number 1
First Quarter 2008


FEATURES

Southern States Ply the Art of the Deal

The Lower Mississippi River: The Flow of Trade

Putting Pension Reform Into Perspective

DEPARTMENTS

Fed @ Issue

Grassroots

Q & A

State of the States

Research Notes & News

Southeastern Economic Indicators

Staff

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office desk with folders Southern States Ply the Art of the Deal

In the battle to attract new corporate citizens, states are assembling incentive packages that are richer than ever. Although Southeastern states have brought in glittering prizes, some wonder if the price they're paying for industrial incentives is too high.



Mississippi River at night The Lower Mississippi River: The Flow of Trade

More than the United States' longest river, the Mississippi is also a vital part of American commerce. The lower Mississippi River traffics in a wide range of raw materials, agricultural commodities, and finished products—and there's still room to grow.



elderly and young women Putting Pension Reform in Perspective

Many countries' aging populations have made pension reform an issue of crucial importance. Governments are deriving inspiration from the Americas, which have forged groundbreaking reforms in this area for decades.
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