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Oct 06, 2021

Emerging Themes from Workforce Development Month 2021

Workforce Development Month, celebrated each September, focuses on what workers need to be successful in an evolving economy. This Workforce Currents article chronicles takeaways from a Twitter chat that focused on how lawmakers, researchers, and practitioners can #InvestInWork.

Sep 29, 2021

Tackling Vacancy and Abandonment: Strategies and Impacts after the Great Recession

This joint research publication by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Fed, and the Center for Community Progress explores the challenges associated with vacant and abandoned properties since the mortgage crisis and offers lessons for future policies and strategies.

Aug 24, 2021

Policy Rules Database: Visualizing the US Social Safety Net

The Atlanta Fed and the National Center for Children in Poverty have developed the Policy Rules Database to provide clarity on the complexity of the US social safety net. Partners Update provides an overview of the database and visualization tool.

Aug 17, 2021

Have Workers Decided Money Matters Less Than It Used to?

They say money talks, but does it speak more softly to workers in today's job market? This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations with regional contacts to learn more about business leaders’ observations.

Aug 05, 2021

The Importance of Addressing Long-Term Unemployment for Economic Recovery

Up to 4 million workers remain among the long-term unemployed even as jobs are being added and the unemployment rate falls. Read this Workforce Currents article for a discussion of long-term unemployment and the policies that could help people get good jobs.

Jul 15, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Career Pathways to Household Financial Well-Being - July 15, 2021

Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development staff members and guests discuss how career advancement is tied to household financial well-being. They also consider the systemic barriers that pose challenges to economic self-sufficiency.

Jun 30, 2021

A Conversation about Surveillance and Assessment of Online Payments-Related Crimes

In this episode of the Economy Matters podcast, an expert on cybercrime and cybersecurity talks about his work, and his partnership with the Atlanta Fed, to combat the growing threat of crime related to online payments. podcast

Jun 29, 2021

Not Quite Sunny: The State of Southeastern Small Businesses during COVID

Partners Update examines state-level data from the Federal Reserve's Small Business Credit Survey on five states in the Atlanta Fed's District, comparing them with national results.

Jun 21, 2021

What Can Be Done about the Childcare Benefits Cliff? A Case Study in Florida

Partners Update summarizes a recent discussion paper that looks at the benefits cliffs associated with childcare, using two contrasting Florida counties as examples.

Jun 18, 2021

Restructuring the Eligibility Policies of the Child Care and Development Fund to Address Benefits Cliffs and Affordability

This paper explores how the current eligibility policies of the federal Child Care and Development Fund create benefits cliffs and affordability challenges that act as barriers to economic self-sufficiency.

Jun 03, 2021

Special Briefing: Despite CDC Moratorium, Atlanta-Area Eviction Filings Hit Low-Income, Minority Neighborhoods Adobe PDF file format

This paper examines eviction filings that occurred during the pandemic in the Atlanta metro area. The authors find that a neighborhood’s racial composition and median income serve as strong indicators of pandemic eviction filings.

May 25, 2021

Rework Community Insights Monitor

The Rework Community Insights Monitor provides a metro-level view on good jobs and training within local labor markets. The tool shows the most prevalent industries and occupations, how many of these jobs are accessible to workers without a bachelor's degree, and more.

May 13, 2021

Political Connections, Allocation of Stimulus Spending, and the Jobs Multiplier

Using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) data, the authors of this working paper show that firms use their political connections to win stimulus grants and that public expenditure, when channeled through politically connected firms, hinders job creation.

May 13, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Household Financial Well-Being in the Southeast - May 13, 2021

Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development staff and guest speakers provide a framework for financial well-being and its relationship to an inclusive and resilient recovery for the whole economy.

Apr 30, 2021

Real Experiences of the Pandemic: Monitoring the Crisis

The Atlanta and Boston Feds and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality are cosponsoring a new series of reports, Monitoring the Crisis: American Voices Project. Partners Update examines the first four reports on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on people and communities.

Apr 07, 2021

Among Atlanta Fed Contacts, Optimism Takes Root a Year into Pandemic

After a tumultuous year of pandemic retrenchment, regional business contacts feel they might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations to learn more about what business leaders are seeing.

Mar 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Businesses of Color: Toward an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - March 25, 2021

Atlanta Fed and Kansas City Fed Community and Economic Development staff summarized findings from the Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide. Guest speakers discussed their experiences as entrepreneurs or funders of small businesses of color.

Mar 24, 2021

Tackling an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery in the Southeast

The Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development engagement team launched the Inclusive and Resilient Recovery initiative to support strategies for a more inclusive and resilient economic recovery. Partners Update reflects on the ongoing webinar series and the goals of this initiative.

Feb 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Business Credit Survey: Findings, Implications, and Opportunities for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - February 25, 2021

The Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development team presented findings from the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey: 2021 Report on Employer Firms, particularly the impact of COVID-19 on these businesses.

Feb 10, 2021

Financial Resilience Challenges during the Pandemic

The history of discriminatory policies leaves many Black and Hispanic people less resilient in the face of the economic shock caused by the pandemic. Partners Update examines this history's connections to household financial resilience.

Feb 05, 2021

Atlanta Fed Contacts: Economy Needs a Literal Shot in the Arm

Business contacts believe that a return to economic normalcy hinges on a successful nationwide vaccination effort. This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations to allow a glimpse of what regional business leaders are thinking.

Feb 02, 2021

American Voices Project: Monitoring the Crisis

The American Voices Project, a national qualitative study, is monitoring the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and provides real-time reporting on how people across the country are doing, with a special focus on people of color, the low-income population, and other groups that are being disproportionately affected. The first report in the series focuses on youth and young adults. The Atlanta and Boston Feds and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality are cosponsoring the series.

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.

Jan 19, 2021

Can the USPS Improve Financial Inclusion?

From 1911 to 1967, the United States Postal Service offered financial services that especially benefited un- and underbanked people. Could the USPS do it again? Read Take On Payments for a history lesson and discussion of financial inclusion.

Jan 15, 2021

Home Ownership Affordability Monitor Update

What effects are low interest rates, spiking house prices, and the ongoing COVID pandemic having on home affordability? This Economy Matters article discusses the Home Ownership Affordability Monitor’s October 2020 findings.