Public Comment on Inflation Measurement

Source: Shadowstats

This article replaces the earlier “Primer” on the Consumer Price Index

    Consumer Price Index Has Been Reconfigured Since Early-1980s?So As to Understate Inflation versus Common Experience


  • CPI no longer measures the cost of maintaining a constant standard of living.
  • CPI no longer measures full inflation for out-of-pocket expenditure.
  • With the misused cover of academic theory, politicians forced significant underreporting of official inflation, so as to cut annual cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security, etc.
  • Use of the CPI to adjust retirement benefits, private income or to set investment goals impairs the ability of retirees, income earners and investors to stay ahead of inflation.
  • Understated inflation used in estimating inflation-adjusted growth has created the illusion of recovery in reported GDP.
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