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Looking Back on the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis

Twenty years ago this month, a financial crisis spread across Asia and threatened the economic trajectory of the entire region. Here’s a look back at the crisis and how it has shaped financial reform strategies.

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Economic Letter

What’s Holding Back Business Formation?

Posted July 10, 2017

The pace of U.S. business start-ups has declined over the past few decades. Economic theory suggests that business creation depends on the available workforce, and data analysis supports this strong link. By contrast, the relationship between start-ups and labor productivity is less well-defined. Overall, policies that improve labor availability may help boost new business growth.

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In the News

From the President

The Global Growth Slump: Causes & Consequences

June 27, 2017

A public lecture hosted by Macquarie University

Sydney, Australia


Economic Outlook

July 14, 2017

Mark Spiegel, vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, stated his views on the current economy and the outlook as of July 13, 2017.

From the Board

Beige Book

July 12, 2017

Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District

As a bachelor, bank examiner Jason Lew found a sense of family with coworkers on the road. Little did he know that just a few years later, he'd be part of a loving family of eight spread across two households in Salt Lake City.

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