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

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.

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.

Jun 22, 2022

Should the United States Issue a Central Bank Digital Currency? Lessons from Abroad

This Policy Hub article explores four countries that have been at the forefront of discussion, research, or implementation of a central bank digital currency to help clarify possible implications of such a currency in the United States.

Jun 21, 2022

Considerations on ESG Investment Implementation

Investing according to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) standards has become widespread. Read this Policy Hub article for a high-level overview of some considerations investment managers face when investing according to ESG standards.

Jun 01, 2022

Should the US Issue a Central Bank Digital Currency?

Whether the United States should issue a central bank digital currency poses numerous thorny questions. This Policy Hub article wades into the debate to define the problems surrounding a CBDC and offer some answers.