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The New York Fed director of research shares how her work has changed in 2020.
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Why might economists be interested in studying who marries whom? The topic has important implications for the labor market, income inequality and other aspects of the economy.

The expansion of weather-dependent renewable energy sources like solar and wind may help explain the growing excess capacity in U.S. electricity production.

Mask-wearing women hold stretchers at the backs of ambulances.
Two global pandemics both have left death and economic fallout in their wakes–but is all else equal between them?

We believe the Federal Reserve most effectively serves the public by building a more diverse and inclusive economy.

Economy at a glance
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From St. Louis Fed President Jim Bullard

October 21, 2020

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard discussed a variety of topics related to the U.S. economy during a virtual fireside chat at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Leadership Summit.

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Who We Are

by Design

The Federal Reserve is a central bank system that includes the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., and 12 independent regional Reserve banks.

This decentralized structure ensures that the economic conditions of all areas of the country are taken into account in the making of monetary policy.

Learn more about the importance of the Fed’s regional structure.


The Federal Reserve promotes a healthy economy and financial stability by:

  • Pursuing maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates
  • Ensuring safety and soundness of the nation's banks and financial system and protecting consumer credit rights
  • Maintaining stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk
  • Providing services to depository institutions, the U.S. government and foreign official institutions

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The St. Louis Fed is overseen by a board of nine independent directors who are familiar with economic and credit conditions in the Eighth District.

The Bank's president, first vice president and a team of officers manage the Bank's day-to-day operations. The Management Committee is the central policymaking body of the Bank.

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