Cost of Living

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Americans’ cost of living fell relative to their earnings on average in 2016. Even though inflation ticked slightly upward, average wages grew faster. The Consumer Price Index, which measures price changes in goods and services, rose 1.7 percent. That was still low in historical terms but the second highest annual increase in the past five years. But the 2.9 percent increase in average wages was the largest wage gain over that five-year period. 

Monday, February 1st, 2016

With energy prices and a strong dollar keeping inflation low, the average American’s cost of living did not rise in 2015 and in fact fell relative to wages. As this research brief shows, however, some Americans are spending large amounts on services such as education and health care and have seen their cost of living continue to rise. 

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Economic Bulletin

Vol. LI, January 2011

Average annual inflation for 2010 hovers around 1.6 percent.

by AIER staff

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Economic Bulletin

Vol. L, no. 1 | January, 2010

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Economic Bulletin

Vol. XLIX | January 2009

By AIER Research Staff

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Economic Bulletin

Vol. XLVIII No. 1| January 2008

by the Editorial Staff

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Economic Education Bulletin

Vol. XLVII No. 1 | January, 2007

by the AIER Staff

Monday, January 8th, 2001

Research Reports - 2001, Issue: 01

Wednesday, December 1st, 1999

Economic Bulletin

December 1999


Thursday, January 1st, 1998

Economic Bulletin

January 1998

Sunday, December 1st, 1991

Economic Education Bulletin

Vol. XXXI, no. 12 | December, 1991

by the Editorial Staff

Wednesday, November 1st, 1989

Economic Education Bulletin

Vol. XXIX, no. 11 | November, 1989

by the Editorial Staff

Monday, March 10th, 1980

Statistical Indicators of Business-Cycle Changes
How Much Did the Cost of Living Increase Last Year?

Monday, June 6th, 1949

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