Does the CPI Overstate Inflation?

by Don Boudreaux on February 28, 2006

in Standard of Living, The Hollow Middle

As Russ announced, Cafe Hayek recently opened a section dealing with the alleged "hollowing out" of America — the alleged disappearance of the American middle-class.

My two latest columns in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviewhere and here — offer some reasons why the Consumer Price Index likely overstates inflation — and, hence, causes the measured growth in living standards of ordinary Americans to be lower than it really is.


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