A number of recently published books have reinvigorated the public's general interest in the so-called "dismal science" of economics, and students across the country have shown a penchant for enrolling in beginning and advanced economic courses during their time in higher education. One fine tool with which to explore some aspects of economics is the Inside the Vault newsletter, which is published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Published biannually, the newsletter always contains several feature articles, a lesson plan for teachers, and a delightful "Q&A" section. The "Q&A" section is helpful for students in particular, as it answers such topical queries as "Why are many states experiencing budget deficits?" and "Why is the growth rate of the U.S. economy stronger than that of Western European countries?" Visitors may also wish to view previous issues of the newsletter, which are also available here, all the way back to 1996.


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