The Regional Economist
The Regional Economist is a quarterly publication that addresses national and regional economic issues and their impact on the Eighth District.
Is the nation's infrastructure really in such bad shape? Should we be spending more on the Internet and less on interstates? And what of competing needs—health care, education, wars?
Recent increases in the monetary base are far greater than any previously in American history, surely a "noble experiment" in policymaking. Whether these policies can succeed—and without accelerating inflation—remains to be seen.
The first year of Illinois' smoking ban in all public places cut revenue at casinos by about one-fifth. Some argue that the recession is to blame, not the ban, but the evidence shows otherwise.