A small business owner, a retiree, and a grandmother talk inflation with the Cleveland Fed.

An innovative videoconference series helps rust belt cities share strategies and successes to help their cities thrive.

For students, the cost of a four-year college education is close to triple what it was three decades ago.

Forefront talks to the Cleveland Fed’s Jean Burson about the financial troubles in Puerto Rico, and what it could mean for the US financial system.

Eldar Shafir counsels Forefront on why people are really not rational in the way that economists like to think they are, and the practical significance of that difference.

Access to credit and workforce issues are top of mind for small businesses.

With student loan debt now exceeding all other forms of consumer debt, should the Fed be keeping an eye on its trajectory? Find out the answer here.

Forefront talks to the Cleveland Fed's Thomas Fitzpatrick IV, economist, about the implications of Detroit's bankruptcy filing.   

How the Fed handled previous panics foreshadowed its response to the recent financial crisis. Critiqued by the Cleveland Fed's Joseph Haubrich.   

Enough for a little bit of optimism, according to a Vanderbilt University economist. Critiqued by the Cleveland Fed's Ellis Tallman.   

A conversation with the Cleveland Fed’s keeper of regional business anecdotes.   

The University of California, Berkeley economic historian shares his views on the prospects for the European Union, why so many economists were caught off guard by the financial crisis, and the similarities and differences between the Great Depression and the Great Recession.   

Here’s the Deal   

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Homelessness; faster payments; coaching carousel   

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Post-recession challenges for Ohio's grant makers, and how the Cleveland Fed is contributing to the solutions   

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Why can't some states balance their budgets?   

America's First Great Depression   

The Brookings Institution economist discusses her views on whether Americans are saving enough and lessons from the financial crisis   

The Cleveland Fed's 10th annual Policy Summit reflects the approach taken by the Federal Reserve in all of our work, which is based on objective research, factual analysis, and broad public input   

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The early economic impact of Ohio casinos   

Insights from the National Association of Business Economics' first industry-specific conference   

More cooperation, less corporate subsidization   

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Some practical lessons about policy implementation from city (and county) hall   

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Public policy can help drive innovation levels, but some approaches are more effective than others   

The powerful behavior patterns that influence social movements, marketing campaigns, and business results   

The journalist and documentary producer talks about his reports from inner-city Chicago   

The more Americans understand and anticipate how the Federal Reserve operates, the more effective our policies can be.   

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An economist ponders the tradeoffs in tax system design.   

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The evolution of the Great Depression should serve as a grim reminder that much remains unknown about the ultimate footprint that the Great Recession will have on the nation.   

As an economic policymaker, I can assure you that the Federal Reserve will do all it can to move us past the Great Recession once and for all.   

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A look at survey data on household sentiment shows the recession's impact across a range of demographic groups, including young people and the middle-class.   

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...and why it makes a difference.   

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It's not easy, but a growing number of innovative financial products show it's possible.   

Pinning hopes on small business to reignite the economy may not be the best idea.   

University of Arizona economic historian Price Fishback compares the Great Depression with the Great Recession and finds reason for optimism that America will recover from the latest downturn.   

By Diane Coyle, a British economist who runs the consultancy Enlightenment Economics.   

Observations from the Federal Reserve's Jeanne Hogarth.   

Former Federal Reserve governor on the state of macroeconomics.   

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High debt burdens can restrain business spending and investment through several channels. This article explains how economists have taken a potentially important step forward in understanding the "debt overhang" channel.   

Some say that the financial crisis has launched a thousand Ph.D. dissertations and perhaps just as many books. Anil Kashyap was on the case from the very beginning.   

Anil K. Kashyap is among the nation’s leading experts on the financial crisis and efforts to reform financial regulations. He is the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Chicago?s Booth School of Business. Mark Sniderman, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, interview Kashyap on February 15, 2010, at the Booth School.

The Community Reinvestment Act helped end the practice of redlining. But 33 years after its introduction, it may be time to consider whether the CRA needs a twenty-first century overhaul.   

In the wake of the mortgage meltdown, policymakers are discussing how best to protect consumers in financial product markets. The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland hosted a seminar, “Consumer Protection in Financial Product Markets,” in September 2009 to exchange ideas with other regulators about consumer protection and the role of the courts.   

Watch economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland discuss their takeaways from the September 11, 2009, seminar on consumer protection.

On October 1, 2009, Kahn visited Lexington, Kentucky, to present a paper at the Conference on Appalachia and the Legacy of the War on Poverty at the University of Kentucky. Francisca Richter, research economist in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, interviewed Kahn before the conference.   

Watch these video selections from the interview featured in the Winter 2009-2010 Forefront.