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Author:Rubinton, Hannah 

Investigating the Role of Geography in Economics

Hannah Rubinton, an economist at the St. Louis Fed, explores how geography might affect one’s college attainment.
On the Economy

How Income Volatility Affects Food Volatility

Family income volatility can affect children negatively in the long term, but it can also determine how much parents are able to spend on food.
On the Economy

Working Paper
Inequality in the Welfare Costs of Disinflation

We use an incomplete markets economy to quantify the distribution of welfare gains and losses of the US "Volcker" disinflation. In the long run households prefer low inflation, but disinflation requires a transition period and a redistribution from net nominal borrowers to net nominal savers. Even with perfectly flexible prices, welfare costs may be significant for households with nominal liabilities. When calibrated to match the micro and macro moments of the early 1980s high inflation environment, almost half of all borrowers (14 percent of all households) would prefer to avoid the ...
Working Papers , Paper 2020-021

Working Paper
The Geography of Business Dynamism and Skill Biased Technical Change

This paper seeks to explain several key components of the growing regional disparities in the U.S. since 1980: big cities saw a larger increase in the relative wages and relative supply of skilled workers, and a smaller decline in business dynamism. These trends can be explained by differences across cities in the extent to which firms adopt new skill-biased technologies. With the introduction of a new skill-biased, high fixed cost but low marginal cost technology, firms endogenously adopt more in big cities, cities that offer abundant amenities for high-skilled workers and cities that ...
Working Papers , Paper 2020-020

Journal Article
Child Poverty Rates in the Eighth District and Beyond

Child poverty and income volatility are higher in the Fed’s Eighth District than in the rest of the country, but the 2021 child tax credit could help alleviate these issues.
The Regional Economist

Journal Article
Inflation and Shipping Costs

Imports that are more reliant on ocean freight have seen higher import price inflation since the start of the pandemic.
Economic Synopses , Issue 5 , Pages 1-2

Journal Article
Information and Communications Technology Spending and City Size

Firms in big cities are spending more on information and communications technology than firms in small cities, a likely cause of the growing economic divide between big and small U.S. cities.
Economic Synopses , Issue 7 , Pages 1-2

Journal Article
Business Dynamism and City Size

Business dynamism has been decreasing since the 1980s, but less so for larger cities.
Economic Synopses , Issue 4 , Pages 1-2

Working Paper
Inequality in the Welfare Costs of Disinflation

We use an incomplete markets economy to quantify the distribution of welfare gains and losses of the US “Volcker” disinflation. In the long run households prefer low inflation, but disinflation requires a transition period and a redistribution from net nominal borrowers to net nominal savers. Welfare costs may be significant for households with nominal liabilities. When calibrated to match the micro and macro moments of the early 1980s high-inflation environment and the actual changes in the nominal interest rate and inflation during the Volcker disinflation, nearly 60 percent of all ...
Working Papers , Paper 2020-021

Journal Article
How College Attainment Differs by Birthplace

Data from 1990 and 2018 show the effect birthplace may have on educational attainment, inside and outside the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District.
The Regional Economist , Volume 29 , Issue 1

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