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Recent Publications

FedViews

Posted April 18, 2016

Glenn Rudebusch, executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, stated his views on the current economy and the outlook as of April 14, 2016.

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Economic Letter

Posted April 18, 2016
Sylvain Leduc, Kevin Moran, and Robert J. Vigfusson

Plunging oil prices since mid-2014 haven't dramatically boosted consumer spending. This is surprising since it should free up income for other household purchases. Lessons from an empirical learning model suggest the weak response may reflect initial consumer views that cheaper oil was temporary. If oil prices remain low, consumer perceptions could change, which would boost spending.

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Working Paper

Posted April 18, 2016
Gilbert Cette, John G. Fernald, and Benoit Mojon

Since the Great Recession, productivity growth slowed around the world. We highlight that this pace slowed before the recession for the U.S. and Europe. This suggests potential importance of other factors, such as the relative slowing during and before the recession from previous fast-paced frontiers in IT. We provide VAR and panel-data evidence that changes in real interest rates influenced productivity dynamics in this period. In particular, the sharp decline in real interest rates in Italy and Spain seemed to trigger unfavorable reallocations large enough to reduce total factor productivity.

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Indicators and Data

PCE Inflation Dispersion

The personal consumption expenditure price index (PCEPI) is one measure of U.S. inflation. The PCEPI measures the percentage change in prices of goods and services purchased by consumers throughout the economy.

Tech Pulse

The Tech Pulse Index is an index of coincident indicators of activity in the U.S. information technology sector. It can be interpreted as a summary statistic that tracks the health of the tech sector in a timely manner.

Total Factor Productivity

This site presents a real-time, quarterly series on total factor productivity (TFP) for the U.S. business sector, adjusted for variations in factor utilization - labor effort and capital's workweek.

Wage Rigidity Meter

The Wage Rigidity Meter offers a closer examination of the annual wage changes of U.S. workers that have not changed jobs over the year.