This lesson focuses on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rate of inflation reported March 15, 2013, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the month of February, 2013. Students will read the BLS report, analyze the meaning of the CPI data, determine the change in consumer prices, and explore the impact of the change in the price level on themselves, their families, consumers, and producers.
Students will use the FRED database to download the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and calculate the equivalent price of a product from an earlier time to the relative price today. Students will discuss the limits of using a weighted index and changes in the quality of products when calculating the relative prices of goods from two time periods.
This lesson utilizes the December 16-17, 2014, statement of the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to explore the Federal Reserve's twin goals of price stability and full employment. This lesson discusses the role and importance of inflationary expectations for economic stability and effective monetary policy.
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