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Does the CPI Overstate Inflation?

Posted By Don Boudreaux On February 28, 2006 @ 9:05 am In Standard of Living,The Hollow Middle | Comments Disabled

As Russ announced [1], 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 [2] and here [3] — 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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