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The Global Impact of U.S. Monetary Policy
By Travis Berge and Guangye Cao
In The Macro Bulletin, Travis Berge and Guangye Cao assess the effects of U.S. monetary policy on asset prices in 50 countries. They find a similar reaction of asset prices to conventional and unconventional monetary policies.
Consumer Debt Dynamics: An Update
By John Carter Braxton and Troy Davig
Is the trend of contracting of consumer debt turning? Outstanding consumer debt and the fraction of consumers with increasing debt grew in the last half of 2013, mainly fueled by those with low credit scores borrowing to buy autos.
The Weakened Transmission of Monetary Policy to Consumer Loan Rates
By Nada Mora
In the First Quarter Economic Review, Nada Mora examines the Fed’s efforts to stimulate economic activity and finds that since late 2008 banks have been less likely to pass on the full benefit of lower interest rates to consumers.
Evolving Market Perceptions of Federal Reserve Policy Objectives
By George A. Kahn and Lisa Taylor
Despite varying interpretations of the Fed's monetary policy mandate, the response of long-term rates to economic news remains relatively stable, suggesting markets perceive little change in policy objectives under different regimes.
Global Effects of U.S. Monetary Policy: Is Unconventional Policy Different?
By Travis J. Berge and Guangye Cao
In the First Quarter 2014 Economic Review, Travis Berge and Guangye Cao assess the effects of U.S. monetary policy on asset prices in 50 countries. They find a similar reaction of asset prices to conventional and unconventional monetary policies.
Production of Natural Gas From Shale in Local Economies: A Resource Blessing or Curse?
By Jason P. Brown
In the First Quarter 2014 Economic Review, Jason P. Brown examines the effect of a recent boom in natural gas extraction on local economies in the central United States and finds a moderate positive effect on labor markets.
Research Working Papers
- Uncertainty and Fiscal Cliffs
A Quantitative System of Monocentric Metros
By Jordan Rappaport
A model of metro growth shows traffic congestion to be the key limiting factor. With additional highway capacity, the population of large U.S. metros would significantly increase. But highway speeds would be relatively unchanged.
Consumer Debt Dynamics: Follow the Increasers
By John Carter Braxton and Edward S. Knotek II
Are changes in outstanding consumer debt due to the actions of people who are increasing their debt or decreasing their debt, and what does this mean for macroeconomic models?
General Purpose Reloadable Prepaid Cards: Penetration, Use, Fees and Fraud Risks
By Fumiko Hayashi and Emily Cuddy
Prepaid card use varies by account and local demographic characteristic. Cards funded by third-party direct deposits are used longest and most intensively. Fraud rates are highest for signature and card-not-present transactions.
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