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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.

Jul 15, 2021

Onboarding Remote Workers: A Hassle? Maybe. A Barrier? No.

The pandemic posed innumerable challenges for employers. But how prominent among them was integrating remote new hires into the workplace? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent survey data to see what employers, and those new employees, think.

Jul 14, 2021

Are Labor Shortages Slowing the Recovery? A View from the CFO Survey

Employers have faced challenges finding employees during the post-COVID recovery. To what extent are labor shortages restraining firms' revenues? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post consults data from the new CFO Survey to find out.

Jun 24, 2021

Workshop on Monetary and Financial History: Day Two

The second day of the Atlanta Fed's recent workshop on monetary and financial history included discussions of digital currencies. This Policy Hub: Macroblog post recaps the day's discussions and presentations.

Jun 23, 2021

Workshop on Monetary and Financial History: Day One

The Atlanta Fed recently held a two-day workshop on monetary and financial history, exploring what past events can reveal about today's economy. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post summarizes the first day of the workshop.

Jun 01, 2021

COVID Lasted Longer Than Expected. What Happened to Retail Space?

The COVID pandemic scrambled the calculus of many industries. Was the retail real estate market among them? A new Policy Hub: Macroblog looks at recent data to determine how retail real estate has fared.


Policy Hub Papers

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

Aug 02, 2021

Digital Currency, Digital Payments, and the 'Last Mile' to the Unbanked

Using digital forms of payment requires funding from a source of money, such as cash or a bank account. Consequently, the unbanked population lacks access to digital payments—the so-called "last-mile" problem. This Policy Hub article examines some proposed solutions to this problem.

Jul 15, 2021

Heat versus Light: Fact-Checking the Debate over De-Risking

What is the evidence for claims about the connection between bank de-risking and anti–money laundering regulation? How does de-risking affect financial exclusion? In this Policy Hub article, the authors draw on multiple sources of information to answer these questions.

Jun 30, 2021

Marketization of Home Production and Gender Gaps in Working Hours

Gender gaps in working hours vary widely across countries. This Policy Hub article looks at the source of cross-country differences and what kind of policies can reduce the gap in working hours between women and men.

Jun 22, 2021

Racial Differences in Mortgage Refinancing, Distress, and Housing Wealth Accumulation during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated racial disparities in U.S. mortgage markets. In this Policy Hub article, the authors document persistent differences in refinances, nonpayments, and the ability to catch up on missed payments. These disparities could worsen the already large gap in home ownership rates across racial and ethnic groups.

Jun 03, 2021

Wage Pressures in the Labor Market: What Do They Say?

Are wage pressures among the newly employed in low-wage service occupations the result of normal economic forces? This Policy Hub article examines how these pressures reflect demand surges for workers in occupations particularly hard hit by pandemic-induced economic shutdowns.