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Charles Evans

President and CEO

Features

The Effect of Winter Weather on U.S. Economic Activity

The most recent edition of Economic Perspectives discusses the duration of the effects of winter weather on economic activity.

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Preserving Chicagoland’s Small Multifamily Housing Stock

ProfitWise News and Views features articles about blight in Detroit, a conference about preserving Chicago’s small affordable rental housing stock units and a product that provides information for community banking.  Read More

Interest Rates and Asset Prices: A Primer

Economic Perspectives article examines the implications of three key theoretical models of asset booms and busts.  Read More

New Issue of Risk Perspectives Available

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's supervision group follows current and emerging risk trends. Current issue of Risk Perspectives highlights District bank performance and earnings.  Read More

From Classroom to Career: An Overview of Current Workforce Development Trends, Issues and Initiatives

This edition of ProfitWise News and Views explores workforce-focused programs and research around the Federal Reserve System.  Read More

Recent News

Midwest Economic Growth Steady in April

The Midwest Economy Index (MEI) was +0.29 in April, down from +0.33 in March.

Economic Growth Increased Slightly in April

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) was −0.15 in April, up from −0.36 in March.

Fed’s Evans Offers Economic Forecast

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans talked about monetary policy and the economy on May 20 during the National Association for Business Economics International Symposium in Munich, Germany.

Sin Taxes: The Sobering Fiscal Reality

Chicago Fed Letter examines the use and efficacy of taxes on goods seen as costly to individuals and society.

Study Looks at U.S. Manufacturing

In a recent blog posting, economist Rick Mattoon recaps conference on whether the U.S. can design policies that support manufacturing and provide greater opportunity for U.S. workers.

Midwest Farmland Values Flat in First Quarter

Latest AgLetter reports Seventh District farmland values in the first quarter of 2015 were largely the same as a year ago.

Changing Labor Force and the Natural Rate of Unemployment

Chicago Fed Letter discusses why changes in labor force composition may have lowered the natural rate to 5 percent or less.

Fed's Evans Addresses Indiana Business Leaders

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans talked about monetary policy and the economy May 4, during the Columbus Economic Development Board Annual Meeting in Columbus, IN.

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