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Workforce & Economic Development


Anchor Impact: Understanding the Role of Higher Education and Hospitals in Regional Economies

Higher education institutions and hospitals can have an outsized impact on the regional economies in which they participate. This report features an overview of the Anchor Economy Dashboard and begins to explore the economic significance of anchor institutions in regions across the country.

Anchor Economy Dashboard

Explore the economic impact of anchor institutions in 524 regions across the U.S. The reliance index demonstrates how dependent regional economies are on these institutions and provides a measure of the national average.

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Unpacking Shelter Inflation

Soaring housing prices and shrinking supply have made it clear that we need more affordable options for consumers.

Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti Business Conditions Index

An index designed to track real business conditions at high observation frequency

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Education Finance

Working Paper

The Racial Wealth Gap, Financial Aid, and College Access

WP 22-32 – We examine how the racial wealth gap interacts with financial aid in American higher education to generate a disparate impact on college access and outcomes.


Press Release

Fed Training Program Helps Teachers Promote Economics Knowledge and Careers

The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia, Atlanta, and St. Louis have created a program to train educators on best practices for teaching economics.