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Agricultural Finance Monitor

The Agricultural Finance Monitor is a quarterly survey of agricultural credit conditions in the Eighth District.

Beige Book

The Beige Book is a summary of current economic conditions in the Eighth District. The information is gathered via survey and interviews from business contacts, economists, market experts, directors of the Bank and its branches, and others. This online-only publication links to the full document, which includes similar anecdotal reports from the 11 other Fed districts. Published eight times per year.

Burgundy Books

Burgundy Books provide anecdotal economic information and formal data specific to each of the four zones that comprise the Eighth District. These books complement the Beige Book and are released four times per year.

Connecting Policy with Frontier Research

Connecting Policy with Frontier Research is a conference volume based on interviews with presenters at our Annual Fall Conference. The conference seeks to provide perspectives on whether economic policies adopted in the past still work well today and whether developments at the frontier of research can be applied to improve policy.

Economic Synopses

Economic Synopses are short essays from our economists that provide insight and commentary on timely issues in economics, finance, banking and other areas, written for the interested, but not necessarily expert, reader.

International Economic Trends

International Economic Trends is a compilation of data on the G-7 countries and the euro area. Data cover output, inflation, labor markets, interest rates and more. Produced quarterly.

Monetary Trends

Monetary Trends is a monthly review of U.S. monetary and financial conditions, with an emphasis on various measures of the Fed’s monetary policy stance.

National Economic Trends

National Economic Trends is a comprehensive snapshot of the state of the U.S. economy, including data on output, interest rates, inflation, labor markets, government budgets and international trade. Produced monthly.

Page One Economics Newsletter

Page One Economics Newsletter are simple, brief essays on current economic topics for the general public, librarians and students. This publication includes links to relevant data and articles, and is published five times per year.

The Regional Economist

The Regional Economist is a quarterly publication aimed at an engaged, nonacademic audience. This publication addresses the regional, national and international economic issues of the day.


Review is a quarterly journal of national and international economic research, particularly focusing on monetary issues. Aimed at economists, economics professors and others interested in such research.

U.S. Financial Data

U.S. Financial Data includes charts and tables relating to weekly monetary and reserve aggregates, selected interest rates, commercial bank loans and more. Produced weekly.

Working Papers

Economic Research Working Papers

Preliminary research of economists that is circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comment.

Research Reports

Casino Gambling in America and Its Economic Impacts

Will a casino be a boon or bust for your community? Fed senior economist Thomas A. Garrett explores the effects of casino gambling on local employment, tax revenue and retail business in this research study.

Community Colleges: A Route of Upward Economic Mobility

Community colleges play a critical and unique role in our higher education system. They are both a gateway to opportunities for individuals and a cornerstone for building a stronger economy. With the current economic crisis, their importance is magnified. In this report, St. Louis Fed economist Natalia Kolesnikova studies community colleges and their students. The report explores the advantages of community colleges and the characteristics of community college students, their goals, educational choices and outcomes.

Earnings Inequality within the Urban United States: 2000 to 2006

This study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis looks at one of the most striking economic trends in the United States: the ever-widening wage gap between workers at the top end of the pay scale and those at the low end. In the report, economist Christopher H. Wheeler discusses the reasons behind this continuing trend and what public policymakers can do about it. The study includes information on four metropolitan areas within the Eighth Federal Reserve District: Little Rock, Louisville, Memphis and St. Louis.

Economic Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic: Implications for a Modern-day Pandemic

In 1918, the United States experienced the most serious epidemic in its history. Millions of people were infected with the highly contagious influenza virus, and hundreds of thousands of people died. The possibility that a modern-day influenza outbreak could happen has caused researchers to look back to the 1918 pandemic as a foundational model for the likely effects of such an event on the United States. However, there has been relatively little research done on the economic effects of the pandemic. This report provides a concise discussion and analysis of the economic effects of the 1918 influenza pandemic based on available data and research.

The Effects of Recessions Across Demographic Groups

In this report, St. Louis Fed Economist Howard Wall takes the different effects of the recession on men and women as a starting point and examines employment experiences across a range of other demographic categories—marital status, race, age and education. The purpose is to understand more about what recessions mean to people. Such information should give us an idea of what needs to be done to address the effects of the current recession and to better prepare for future ones.

Employment Growth in America: Exploring Where Good Jobs Grow

High-paying or “good” jobs not only benefit employees, but entire communities. Employers offering high-paying jobs tend to locate their businesses in certain types of communities. Economist Christopher H. Wheeler studied what promotes the growth of good jobs.

The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America: Case Studies from Communities Across the U.S.

In 2006, the Community Affairs offices of the Federal Reserve System partnered with the Brookings Institution to examine the issue of concentrated poverty.The resulting report profiles 16 high-poverty communities from across the country, including immigrant gateway, Native American, urban and rural communities. One of the case studies focuses on Holmes County, Miss., located in the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District. With a poverty rate that stood at more than 41 percent in 2000, Holmes County is both geographically and economically isolated. Through these case studies, the report contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of poor people living in poor communities, and the policies that will be needed to bring both into the economic mainstream.

The Impact of Local Predatory Laws on the Flow of Subprime Credit

Starting in 1999 with North Carolina, 24 states and other local governments have enacted laws to curb predatory lending in the subprime mortgage market. How do these laws affect the flow of subprime credit in those areas? A new report from Anthony Pennington-Cross, a research economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, suggests that the typical law has little impact, as measured by loan origination and application.

Light-Rail Transit in America: Policy Issues and Prospects for Economic Development

Over the past several decades, cities across America have constructed light-rail systems as a means of reducing traffic congestion and promoting economic development. In this research report, Fed senior economist Tom Garrett discusses whether light rail has lived up to these expectations.

Local Crime and Local Business Cycles

Do business cycles affect crime rates? A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis provides some answers to that question by presenting information on local business cycles and crime rates in 23 major cities. Written by Fed economist Thomas A. Garrett and senior research associate Lesli S. Ott, the report includes data for four cities in the Bank’s District: St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.

A Macro Overview of the Regional Economy: Structure and Performance of Selected Urban and Rural Counties in the Memphis Zone of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Prepared by David Ciscel, a professor of economics at the University of Memphis. Related to the economy of Memphis and the Delta region.

Neighborhood Characteristics Matter... When Businesses Look for a Location

What is it about a neighborhood that attracts businesses? Economist Christopher Wheeler studies the issue in this study that looks at the data from a neighborhood level. The report looks at ZIP codes across the country and then focuses on the St. Louis Fed’s District, with data from St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.

Passive Policies for Entrepreneurs

A study by St. Louis Fed economists Thomas A. Garrett and Howard J. Wall finds that the absence of government intervention creates a better climate for entrepreneurship. Although policymakers often pursue active policies when recruiting businesses, such as targeted tax breaks or other incentives, more passive policies lower the general cost of running or starting a business and increase rates of entrepreneurship.

The Rise in Personal Bankruptcy

In this research report released in 2006, economist Thomas A. Garrett examines why so many Americans file for bankruptcy. Between 1980 and 2005, the number went up nearly 350 percent, and many of those filing live in states the Bank serves. The most common cause is an unexpected shock to their incomes, such as job loss, medical bills or divorce. This report focuses on the role that other factors—such as availability of credit, bankruptcy laws and decreased consumer savings—play in making Americans even more susceptible to bankruptcy. The report includes statistical information on counties in the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District..

The Rising Residential Concentration of Joblessness in Urban America, 1980 to 2000

Between 1980 and 2000, America’s urban neighborhoods became increasingly polarized into high- and low-unemployment areas. Economist Christopher Wheeler presents his findings on this topic in this study of neighborhood-level unemployment in more than 360 U.S. cities. His report includes information on four metropolitan areas within the Eighth Federal Reserve District: Little Rock, Louisville, Memphis and St. Louis.

Urban Sprawl, Urban Promise: A Case Study of Memphis, Tennessee

Prepared by David Ciscel, a professor of economics at the University of Memphis. Related to the economy of Memphis and the Delta region.

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