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Author:Gascon, Charles S. 

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What Are Teachers Really Paid? Adjusting Wages for Regional Differences in Cost of Living

Cost of living explains only some of the differences in teacher pay.
Economic Synopses , Issue 23 , Pages 1-2

Working Paper
Metro Business Cycles

We construct monthly economic activity indices for the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) beginning in 1990. Each index is derived from a dynamic factor model based on twelve underlying variables capturing various aspects of metro area economic activity. To accommodate mixed-frequency data and differences in data-publication lags, we estimate the dynamic factor model using a maximum- likelihood approach that allows for arbitrary patterns of missing data. Our indices highlight important similarities and differences in business cycles across MSAs. While a number of MSAs ...
Working Papers , Paper 2014-46

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Metro Profile: A Tale of Four Cities: Widespread Growth in Northwest Arkansas

Home to Walmart and several other large companies, this region has experienced unusually strong growth in population and income over the past half-century. Although the area was not immune to the Great Recession, Northwest Arkansas could be on the verge of another spurt, given that its economy often follows that of the U.S. business cycle, now in an upswing.
The Regional Economist , Issue Jan

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Residential Real Estate Market

During the spring, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the residential real estate market to decline an average 33% around the country.
The Regional Economist , Volume 28 , Issue 4

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Coal's Future Looks Uncertain as Rival Fuels Grow

The U.S. energy sector has been turned on its head over the past two decades. Developments in fracking have led to natural gas?s unseating coal in electricity production. U.S. oil production has almost doubled, wind and solar are now the cheapest producers of electricity in some areas of the U.S. even before tax credits, and ethanol refinement has changed both energy and corn markets. At the same time, significant moves in energy efficiency have mitigated the growth in U.S. electricity demand. This scenario was anticipated by very few. If new trends in electricity production continue, coal ...
The Regional Economist , Volume 25 , Issue 3

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Leisure and Hospitality Sector’s Recovery Complicated by Delta Variant

Shutdowns early in the pandemic primarily affected the Eighth Federal Reserve District’s leisure and hospitality sector, but its recovery could be complicated by the delta variant.
The Regional Economist

Journal Article
The Evolution of St. Louis’s Wage Distribution

There is less wage inequality in the St. Louis MSA than in the nation.
Economic Synopses , Issue 15 , Pages 1-2

Journal Article
Industry Mix May Help Explain Urban-Rural Divide in Economic Growth

Economic growth in U.S. rural areas may be slower than growth in urban areas because of a different industry mix.
The Regional Economist , Volume 27 , Issue 2

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Why Is the St. Louis Metro Area Population Growing So Slowly?

According to an economic model, St. Louis should have grown 11% since 2000 but grew 4.7%.
Economic Synopses , Issue 14

Tracking the Economic Impact of the Pandemic Using High-Frequency Data

High-frequency data can provide a quicker snapshot of economic conditions than data that take weeks or months to become available.
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