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Our national economic research focuses on monetary policy and other issues of importance to the Federal Reserve. Results are shared with other researchers, policymakers and the public.
Self-Employment and Health Care Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts
By Thealexa Becker and Didem Tüzemen
Health insurance access may influence individuals' decisions to become or remain self-employed. Examining the Massachusetts Health Care Reform, this paper finds that the reform supported self-employment in the state.
Uncertainty Shocks in a Model of Effective Demand
By Susanto Basu and Brent Bundick
When prices adjust slowly to changing economic conditions, higher uncertainty about the future can cause a recession. Uncertainty played a non-trivial role in amplifying the Great Recession.
What We Don't Know Doesn't Hurt Us: Rational Inattention and the Permanent Income Hypothesis in Gene
By Yulei Luo, Jun Nie Gaowang Wang, and Eric R. Young
How would deviating from the full-information assumption in the permanent income model change the equilibrium interest rate?
Yield Curve and Monetary Policy Expectations in Small Open Economies
By Kwan Soo Bong, Taeyoung Doh and Woong Yong Park
What does the yield curve tell us about a monetary transmission channel from the short rate to long-term interest rates in small open economies?
House Prices, Heterogeneous Banks and Unconventional Monetary Policy Options
By Andrew Lee Smith
House price swings can have dramatic effects on the economy through banks' and borrowers' balance sheets. However, a prolonged quantitative easing program can significantly offset the detrimental effects of a housing downturn.
A Model of Monetary Policy Shocks for Financial Crises and Normal Conditions
By Andrew Lee Smith, John W. Keating, Logan J. Kelly, and Victor J. Valcarcel
Monetary policy actions have significant effects on real economic activity and prices. However, the estimated quantitative effects of monetary policy have greatly diminished since 2008.
New Exporter Dynamics
By Jonathan L. Willis
This paper documents and models the behavior of firms that enter the export market. We find that the present value of future profits from exporting for new entrants is significantly lower than estimated by previous models.
Monocentric City Redux
By Jordan Rappaport
Metro employment remains highly concentrated near downtown locations. Traffic congestion strongly affects the rate at which residential density and house prices decrease with distance from these.
A Pitfall of Expectational Stability Analysis
By Willem Van Zandweghe and Takushi Kurozumi
Model representation matters for expectational stability in models with multi-period expectations.
Does Health Care Reform Support Self-Employment?
By Didem Tüzemen and Thealexa Becker
In an article for the Economic Review, Didem Tüzemen and Thealexa Becker study the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act and find the reform may have supported self-employment in the state. The article is summarized in the Macro Bulletin.
The Asymmetric Effects of Uncertainty
By Andrew Foerster
In an article for the Economic Review, Andrew Foerster examines market volatility during periods of heightened uncertainty and finds uncertainty may have slowed economic and employment growth after the financial crisis.
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Research Working Papers
The Kansas City Fed's research staff members produce working papers covering a wide range of economic topics, including monetary policy, banking and more.
The Macro Bulletin offers snapshots of the Kansas City Fed's latest macroeconomic findings and perspectives on national economic conditions and issues related to monetary policy.
Economic Symposium Conference Proceedings
The proceedings include papers, commentary and discussion from the Kansas City Fed's annual symposium. Participants include central bankers, finance ministers, academics and financial market participants from around the globe. They discuss economic issues, implications and policy options.
Central Bank Forecasting Presentations - October 2010
Invited applied and theoretical papers on all aspects of central bank forecasting.