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.
How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? Are you joined by friends and/or family for a special feast? What do you eat? Most American families celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking turkey. According to EatTurkey.com, approx. 88 percent of U.S. households eat turkey on Thanksgiving at an average weight of 16 lbs a turkey that adds up to 736 million pounds that will be eaten this Thanksgiving.
This lesson demonstrates a method for teaching students about inflation and the Consumer Price Index, using baseball players' salaries for purposes of illustration. Babe Ruth's salary from 1931 is adjusted to account for changes in the price level and is then compared to the salaries of those playing major league baseball players today.
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