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CALL FOR PAPERS | Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class

The Call for Papers is now open for “Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class,” the 2019 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. Abstracts or drafts are due no later than October 9, 2018. The conference will share research on factors influencing the financial and socioeconomic status of individuals and families and is open to research on topics that use various definitions of middle class, as well as papers that speak to relevant issues but do not explicitly use “middle class” in their framing. Of particular interest is research that explores specific challenges and opportunities for specific subgroups, including lower-income, minority, young-adult, elderly, rural or other diverse populations.

Rental Housing Affordability in the Southeast: Data from the Sixth District

In this paper, the authors provide a regional snapshot of housing affordability and the availability of affordable rental housing units at several scales for the Atlanta Fed's district, using data from the 2015 American Community Survey. The results demonstrate the widespread lack of affordable housing in large metropolitan areas, small and midsized regions, and nonmetro regions throughout the Southeast. The authors also show that extremely low- and very low-income households are disproportionately cost-burdened.

HMDA Data: A New Mortgage Lending Resource for Indian Country

Back in 2017, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis released an online Reservation Profiles tool that provides demographic information about federally recognized American Indian tribes with populations of at least 2,500. In this CICD Blog post, read how the recent addition of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data to the tool can enhance users' understanding of mortgage lending in Indian Country. 

Home Lending in Hamilton County Neighborhoods

A Cleveland Fed researcher used Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to examine trends in mortgage lending in Hamilton County, Ohio--home to Cincinnati--during a 27-year period beginning in 1990.

Home Lending in Franklin County Neighborhoods

A Cleveland Fed Policy Analyst used Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to examine trends in mortgage lending in Franklin County, Ohio--home to Columbus--during a 27-year period beginning in 1990.

The Opioid Epidemic and Its Effects: A Perspective on What We Know from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. In the Fourth Federal Reserve District states of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, opioid overdose deaths are at least 1.5 times more frequent than the national average. This report details what the Cleveland Fed has learned about the opioid epidemic and specifically, its effect on workers’ participation in the labor force.

How do Firms Respond to Hiring Difficulties?

Using data from the Federal Reserve Banks' 2017 Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), this paper investigates the various ways in which different types of firms with less than 500 employees experience and address hiring difficulties, including when they decide to increase compensation.

The results provide insight for policymakers trying to understand the linkage between compensation, labor market tightness, and productivity. Further, the variation in hiring difficulties across firm industry, education requirement, and geographic location informs economic and workforce development practitioners and policymakers working to develop targeted interventions.

Rust and Renewal: The Industrial Heartland from 1969 to the Present

Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh—once major centers of manufacturing. See how these metropolitan areas have fared during roughly the last half-century as manufacturing and other key sectors of their economies have evolved.

Home Lending in Fayette County Neighborhoods

The fourth in a series of reports that analyze Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, Cleveland Fed researchers look at pre- and post-Great Recession mortgage lending in the county that is home to Lexington, Kentucky. Read their findings.

Resilient Legacy, Connected Future: CDFIs in the Southeast

This issue of Community Scope presents key findings from the 2017 Richmond Fed’s Survey of CDFIs in the Southeast.

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