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Policy Hub: Macroblog

Policy Hub: Macroblog provides concise commentary and analysis on economic topics by staff economists and analysts for a broad audience.

Feb 24, 2021

WFH Is Onstage and Here to Stay

For many employees, working from home, or WFH, has become the new normal. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent survey data about how employers expect the postpandemic workweek to look.

Feb 11, 2021

Insights from the Updated Labor Force Participation Dynamics Tool

What do new data tell us about U.S. labor force participation in the most unusual year that was 2020? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at the numbers to draw some conclusions.

Feb 01, 2021

Ecommerce's Spillover Effects on the Local Retail Real Estate Market

Online commerce continues its impressive growth rates, but does its growth diminish the value of traditional retail locations? A macroblog post analyzes the effect of ecommerce warehouses on retail real estate values.

Nov 12, 2020

A Dashboard Approach to Monitoring Underlying Inflation

With its numerous variables, monitoring inflation can be a bafflingly complex and sometimes opaque exercise. A macroblog post looks at a new Atlanta Fed tool that allows you to view inflation's behavior in a novel way.

Nov 09, 2020

The Importance of Digital Payments to Financial Inclusion

As payments become increasingly digital, moving the unbanked and underbanked into the formal payments system takes on greater importance. A new macroblog post discusses recent Atlanta Fed research into the challenges associated with this kind of transition.


Policy Hub Papers

Policy Hub Papers feature more detailed analyses of economic topics by staff economists and researchers for both academic and nonacademic audiences.

Feb 17, 2021

Will COVID-19 Erase Black Workers' Labor Market Gains?

In recent years, Black workers have made solid gains in the U.S. labor market, but COVID-19 threatens to undo some of the progress. This Policy Hub article looks at the pandemic's uneven impact on workers.

Jan 12, 2021

Consumer Behavior in a Health Crisis: What Happened with Cash?

When the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States, caseloads and currency in circulation both surged. Did consumer choice play a role in the increase in currency in circulation? This Policy Hub article uses survey data to explore consumer behavior around cash holdings and payments.

Dec 22, 2020

Model Uncertainty and Policy Design

When doubts about the probability model of uncertainty exist, challenges to the design of optimal policy emerge. This Policy Hub article examines the policymaker's management of the public's pessimistic expectations and the implications of this idea.

Dec 21, 2020

The CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Program during the COVID-19 Pandemic

How do increased unemployment benefits (through the CARES Act) interact with COVID infection risk and lockdown policy, and how much do they increase unemployment and reduce infection? This Policy Hub article gives an overview of recent Bank research that addresses these questions.

Dec 18, 2020

Central Banks, Global Shocks, and Local Crises: Lessons from the Atlanta Fed's Response to the 1920–21 Recession

A devastating collapse in the price of cotton in 1920 led the Atlanta Fed to undertake policies to ameliorate the effects of the collapse. This Policy Hub article examines the ensuing contentious policy debate and its lasting impact on Federal Reserve policy making.