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Our research staff conducts innovative research on monetary policy, the payments system, and regional and community issues.

Latest Research

Economic Bulletin

The LMCI Momentum Indicator Suggests Monetary Policy Is Beginning to Weigh on Labor Markets

The LMCI momentum indicator turned negative in November 2022, a sign that the labor market may be softening.

Economic Review

How Much Have Record Corporate Profits Contributed to Recent Inflation?

Firms raised markups during 2021 in anticipation of future cost pressures, contributing substantially to inflation.

Research Working Paper

Employer Credit Checks: Poverty Traps versus Matching Efficiency

Banning pre-employment credit screening may help people improve bad credit scores but may reduce firms’ overall productivity.

National and International

Banking, Payments

Banking and Payments

Issues affecting the banking and payments industries

Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy and Macroeconomic Research

Research focusing on national and international economic issues

Data and Trends

Kansas City Financial Stress Index

The KCFSI is a monthly measure of stress in the U.S. financial system based on 11 financial market variables.

Data and Trends

Labor Market Conditions Indicators

The Kansas City Fed Labor Market Conditions Indicators (LMCI) are two monthly measures of labor market conditions based on 24 labor market variables.


Tenth District


Agricultural Research

Insights on agricultural and rural economies


Energy Research

Insights on the energy industry


Regional Research

Economic geography and developments for monetary policy deliberations

Community Research

Community Research

Research on challenging issues affecting economic prospects in low- and moderate- income communities


Publications and Speeches

Economic Bulletin

Timely, accessible snapshots of the Kansas City Fed's latest economic findings.

Economic Review

A quarterly research publication with articles on macroeconomics and monetary policy and regional and international economics.

Payments System Research Briefings

Briefings cover a range of topics, including payments methods and developments in payments networks.

Research Working Papers

Working papers cover a wide range of economic topics, including monetary policy, payment methods, banking and more.


Kansas City Fed President Esther George and economists travel around the Tenth District to speak to diverse audiences.

Research Staff

Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts dozens of central bankers, policymakers, academics and economists from around the world at its annual economic policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Economic Policy Symposium 2022:

Reassessing Constraints on the Economy and Policy