By analyzing variations in local and regional economies, researchers are increasingly uncovering insights obscured by the big picture.
Some of the largest financial advisory firms in the US have the highest rates of misconduct.
During his term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan suggested in 2004 that Americans who had stuck with fixed-rate mortgages were overpaying for their homes.
Locavores argue that shopping in neighborhood stores boosts the local economy, and buying veggies from the farm just out of town reduces your carbon footprint. Now research suggests local is also better when it comes to banking.