Third Quarter, Volume 2, Number 3

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
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Pierce Nelson
   Editorial Director

Lynn Foley
   Managing Editor

Michael Chriszt
   Contributing Editor

Jean Tate
Lee Underwood
   Staff Writers

Harriette D. Grissom
Stephen Kay
Elizabeth McQuerry
   Contributing Writers

Carole Starkey
Peter Hamilton


Bobbie H. McCrackin
   Vice President and
   Public Affairs Officer

Thomas J. Cunningham
   Vice President and
   Associate Director
   of Research

John C. Robertson
   Vice President
   Research Department
   Regional Section

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ISSN 0899-6571

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          Volume 2, Number 3, Third Quarter 2000

   Investing in Human Capital
   Should Be Southeast’s Priority

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   Big Business — Big Transformation

During the past 20 years, the health care industry, which now employs more than 1.2 million people in the Southeast, has undergone rapid changes. As medical advances and technology have raised costs and patients’ expectations about service, the industry has found innovative ways to meet these challenges.

Regional Focus

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   The Brave New World of Agriculture

To increase efficiency, many farmers are using more advanced technologies, from personal computers to genetically engineered crops and livestock. How great an impact these developments will ultimately have on farming is unclear, but new technologies are certainly making life more interesting down on the farm.
International Focus vertical line    All Pain, No Gain?
Citizens in Latin America have become disillusioned with the lack of economic and social progress after a decade of economic and political reform. As “reform fatigue” threatens to erode public support for continuing reform, how Latin America copes with this challenge will be key to its long-term outlook.

   Research Notes & News
      Dollar Index

   The State of the States

   Southeastern Economic Indicators

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