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

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Policy Hub Papers

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

Jul 07, 2022

Lessons Learned from Mortgage Borrower Policies and Outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, the worst public health crisis in a century, caused significant distress in the mortgage market and led the federal government to intervene with an array of policies. This Policy Hub article looks at which policies helped mortgage holders—and which ones proved less effective.

Nov 08, 2021

So Far, So Good: Government Insurance of Financial Sector Tail Risk

When financial market stability has been threatened, the federal government has intervened numerous times in the past 50 years. What are the motivations for, and consequences of, such support? This Policy Hub article looks at some of these interventions and discusses the risks they might pose.

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.

Aug 10, 2020

Assisting Firms during a Crisis: Benefits and Costs

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a sharp and sudden decline in global economic activity, and policymakers everywhere have struggled to implement the right financial programs to help firms. This Policy Hub article looks at the pros and cons of supporting firms.

Jun 25, 2020

Evaluating the Benefits of a Streamlined Refinance Program

This Policy Hub article examines the effects of a streamlined refinance program that would allow some borrowers to refinance without needing to document employment or income.