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On September 4-5, 2003, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, in association with the Review of Economics and Statistics, held a conference on the use of composite indexes in regional analysis.
Composite indexes of economic activity for the national economy have been published on a regular monthly basis for many years. Over the past decade several types of composite indexes have been developed at the regional level. For example, a set of consistent indexes for the 50 states has recently been made available on the web at http://www.philadelphiafed.org/research-and-data/regional-economy/indexes/coincident/. The conference focused on the use of state and regional indexes in regional economic analysis. The conference papers explored banking markets, state and local fiscal issues, and regional business cycles using regional composite indexes. Please click on the links below to view the conference program, and papers.