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Minutes of the Board's discount rate meetings from August 27 through September 26, 2018

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The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday released the minutes of its interest rate meetings from August 27 through September 26, 2018.

The minutes are attached.

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Last Update: October 23, 2018

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OCT
23
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Seasonally adjusted government deficit decreased to 0.1% of GDP in the euro area

In the second quarter of 2018, the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio stood at 0.1% in the euro area (EA19), a decrease compared with 0.2% in the first quarter of 2018 and the lowest deficit since the beginning of comparable time series (2002). In the EU28, the deficit to GDP ratio stood at 0.3%, a decrease compared with 0.5% in the previous quarter and also the lowest deficit since the beginning of comparable time series (2002).Original link
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OCT
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Government debt down to 86.3% of GDP in euro area

At the end of the second quarter of 2018, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 86.3%, compared with 86.9% at the end of the first quarter of 2018. In the EU28, the ratio decreased from 81.5% to 81.0%. Compared with the second quarter of 2017, the government debt to GDP ratio fell in both the euro area (from 89.2% to 86.3%) and the EU28 (from 83.4% to 81.0%).Original link
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OCT
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Aktuell: Marco de Pinto Visiting Researcher at ZEW

Dr. Marco de Pinto was a visiting researcher in ZEW’s Research Department “Labour Markets and Human Resources” from 15 to 17 October 2018. He works as a research assistant at the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union and in the department of Personnel Economics at the University of Trier. His research focuses on labour market economy, personnel and education economics, as well as international trade. During his visit, he worked with ZEW researchers on a joint research project that investigates the consequences of international trade for workers’ careers in local labour markets.Original link
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OCT
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Press Release: Economic Expectations for China Rise, but Uncertainty Remains

In the most recent survey for October , expectations regarding the Chinese economy rose again. The CEP Indicator, which reflects the expectations of international financial market experts regarding China’s macroeconomic development over the coming twelve months, has climbed 14 points to a current reading of minus 2.0 points . The indicator thus still remains well below the long-term average of 3.9 points. Falling 5.7 points to a level of minus 3.9 points, the assessment of the current economic situation in China was more negative than the previous month.Original link
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OCT
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ZEW Discussion Papers DP No. 18-044: Police Reorganization and Crime: Evidence from Police Station Closures

Policy makers often try to optimize local law enforcement by reorganizing police forces. We study the effects of police reallocation via station closures on municipal crime by exploiting a quasi-experiment where a centrally administered reform substantially reduced the number of police stations. Combining a matching strategy with an event-study design, we do not find aggregate effects on crime. Instead, we find changes in the way theft is committed. We observe increases in car theft, apartment and basement burglary but less bicycle theft. We argue that station closures provide an opportunity for criminals to shift from low-value to high-value theft.Original link
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OCT
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Euro area and EU28 government deficit both at 1.0% of GDP

In 2017, the government deficit and debt of both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 decreased in relative terms compared with 2016. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio fell from 1.6% in 2016 to 1.0% in 2017, and in the EU28 from 1.7% to 1.0%. In the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio declined from 89.1% at the end of 2016 to 86.8% at the end of 2017, and in the EU28 from 83.3% to 81.6%.Original link
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OCT
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Press Release: Closure of Police Stations in Municipalities Increases Thefts and Burglaries

As a result of a large-scale police reform, the state of Baden-Württemberg closed around 40 per cent of municipal police stations. In a recent study carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, researchers investigated in which ways the shut-down of police stations affected the local crime rate. According to the findings of the study, the closure of police stations led to a strong increase in both car thefts and domestic burglaries in the respective municipalities. What is more, the study shows that the further away a municipality is from a police station the higher is the crime rate in that municipality.Original link
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OCT
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Aktuell: Administration Students from the Bundeswehr Visit ZEW

On 19 October 2018, a group of students studying federal defence administration at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences visited ZEW. The university of applied sciences, which is located in Mannheim, aims to prepare the future administration professionals for their work in defence administrations on behalf of the federal government.Original link
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OCT
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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 22 October 2018

Release of IHS Markit flash PMI surveysBank Indonesia decides on monetary policy, as do ECB andTurkeyUS and South Korea Q3 GDPInflation data for Singapore, Malaysia and Hong KongSpecial focus on South Korea's aging population and itseconomic impact

The coming week sees the release of the flash October PMIsurveys, which will provide important steers on economic growth andinflation trends in major economies at the start of the fourthquarter, as well as third quarter GDP numbers for the US. The ECBand Turkey are meanwhile meeting to set monetary policy, but inAsia eyes are focused on Bank Indonesia amid recent reports ofcapital controls.

Other data highlights for Asia include South Korean GDP, exportorders, industrial output and retail sales data for Taiwan, as wellas inflation figures for Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Our special focus this week looks at the economic impact ofageing demographics in South Korea.

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