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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.

Jan 09, 2023

The Wage Growth Tracker with Rounded Wage Data: The Final Plan

The US Census Bureau has unveiled its long-awaited plan for changes in how it reports some data in the Current Population Survey, including the important wage data. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post explores what the changes mean for the Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker.

Dec 01, 2022

Labor Supply, Wages, and Inequality Conference: Day 2 Overview

The Atlanta Fed recently hosted a two-day conference devoted to examining changes currently under way in the labor force as well as anticipating future change. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses research presented on the conference's opening day.

Nov 30, 2022

Labor Supply, Wages, and Inequality Conference: Day 1 Overview

The Atlanta Fed recently hosted a two-day conference devoted to examining changes currently under way in the labor force as well as anticipating future change. A Policy Hub: Macroblog post discusses research presented on the conference's opening day.

Nov 07, 2022

Do Freeway Lids Spur Development in Cities? Evidence from Dallas

A highway is rarely a city's most attractive feature, so does constructing a park over a freeway spur development? A Policy Hub: Macroblog post considers a group of southern cities to determine the economic effects of a freeway "lid."

Oct 21, 2022

Viewing the Wage Growth Tracker through the Lens of Wage Levels

Wages have risen markedly since the onset of the pandemic, but the increase has differed across the earning spectrum. A new Policy Hub: Macroblog post looks at recent data through the lens of the Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker to see where wage increases have been greatest.


Policy Hub Papers

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

Jan 11, 2023

How US Consumers without Bank Accounts Make Payments

People without a bank account face challenges when paying for goods or services. This Policy Hub article uses survey data to look at their participation in the payments system and why some people remain unbanked.

Oct 18, 2022

Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Transformative Potential and Associated Risks

Decentralized finance, or DeFi—financial products and services that operate on decentralized platforms using blockchains—has the potential to reshape finance. But it also holds considerable risk. This Policy Hub article examines the emerging innovation.

Oct 06, 2022

Aging, Deflation, and Secular Stagnation

This Policy Hub article looks at the aging of the population and explores whether it will weigh on future prices, interest rates, and output growth.

Oct 03, 2022

Pink and Poverty Taxes on Marriage

Does the US fiscal system discourage some women from marrying? This Policy Hub article looks at the marriage tax, which reflects the decline in lifetime spending power as a result of the difference in taxes and transfer benefits that arise from marriage.

Jul 14, 2022

How Many Rate Hikes Does Quantitative Tightening Equal?

When the Fed shrinks its balance sheet, what is the effect on the fed funds rate? The author of this Policy Hub article quantifies how many interest rate hikes quantitative tightening equals and compares the effect of tightening during normal times versus during financial crises.