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Southwest Economy Podcast

Dallas Fed senior economists Pia Orrenius and Keith Phillips explore new and noteworthy trends and developments affecting Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico in the Southwest Economy podcast series.

Recent Podcasts

January 6, 2021

Big metro areas on the coasts—especially those in California—have led a surge of migration to Texas since COVID-19’s onset. Dallas Fed Senior Research Economist Yichen Su discusses what moves folks to come to Texas and how he used credit report data to document it.

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September 30, 2021

Texas community colleges are among the U.S. leaders in helping keep the workforce skills current, Opportunity America President Tamar Jacoby explains in a discussion with Dallas Fed Senior Economist Pia Orrenius.

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September 30, 2021

Workplace change, once thought to take a decade or more, became reality during the COVID-19 economic dislocation, Tamar Jacoby, president of Opportunity America, tells Dallas Fed Senior Economist Pia Orrenius.

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August 16, 2021

Legal immigrants, eligible to receive COVID-19 assistance, didn’t seek help at a rate most others did. Senior research economist Wenhua Di discusses why that happened.

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August 3, 2021

Petrochemicals, used in a range of goods and even foods, will remain tight into 2022 following last February’s historic freeze, senior economist Jesse Thompson says.

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About the Hosts

Pia M. Orrenius

Orrenius is a vice president and senior economist in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Keith R. Phillips

Phillips is an assistant vice president and senior economist in the San Antonio Branch at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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