Kristie Engemann is an economic content coordinator in the St. Louis Fed’s Public Affairs division.
Lisa D. Cook, a keynote speaker at a recent symposium, discussed one way economists make a difference—by resolving puzzles that could improve people’s lives.
Prominent women describe the framework economics provides for using data, investigating issues and solving problems.
Adults under 30 years old suffered the most from initial job losses and lived with their parents in greater numbers.
An economist weighs in on rising tuition, how college quality factors into a student’s likely graduation and earnings, and more.
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.
Analyses look at which workers have been affected most by job losses and how unemployment has changed.
The COVID-19 crisis is different from others that have affected the economy, like the Great Recession, Great Depression and natural disasters.
Learning about sunk cost, opportunity cost and “marginal” decision-making can help inform your everyday choices.
Historically, an inverse relationship seems to have existed between unemployment and inflation. Does it still exist? And why does this matter?
The Fed has been reducing the size of its balance sheet since late 2017. What does this reduction entail, and what are its potential effects?
The FOMC targets a 2 percent inflation rate. What does it mean to have an inflation target—and why a positive number, not zero?
Economists look at price indexes to gauge how overall prices in the economy are evolving.
Oil can be derived from oil sands and oil shale, but the job is both economically and environmentally costly. How high must the price of oil be in order to make these alternatives cost-effective?
Satisfying a need to get out in the field, some economists are studying sports. Their topics have included racism in the NBA, coaches’ maximization of their chances of winning, and the direction that soccer players and goalies should move during penalty kicks.
Not only are more American families in debt, but the median value of the debt more than doubled between 1989 and 2004. Credit cards and payday loans are two of the favorite tools for digging the hole deeper.
New studies have looked at the impact of easier divorce on everything from women working outside the home to children’s education to spousal violence.
Although Americans appear to be spending less time on the job than they were a hundred years ago, there's some question as to whether they have more leisure time.
The ranks of women in the workfoce jumped by more than 24 percentage points between 1955 and 1999. Credit labor-saving devices at home (such as the dishwasher), the birth-control pill and the preference by some men to marry a woman who works outside the home.
One study shows that Kenya and Hakim might have more trouble getting their résumés noticed than Allison and Brad do. But another study indicates that distinctively African-American names don’t lead to worse economic outcomes in adulthood.
If you think that your career advancement is based solely on your productivity, think again. As hard as it may be for Horatio Alger fans to accept, workers who are taller, thinner or better looking than the rest of us can have an edge.
Having the same job for one's entire career has become much less common over the past quarter-century. Many people switch jobs voluntarily; others, not. Behind this trend are changes in demographics, changes in technology and changes in such institutions as unions and international trade.