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Food Inflation Importance; U.S. Funding Deadline; New Approach to PRC

Food Inflation Importance Researchers from Boston College, UC-Berkley and the University of Chicago found (see NBER Working Paper No. 26237) that consumers rely upon the frequency and size of price changes during their grocery shopping to assess U.S. inflationary conditions. The metric is understandable from the standpoint that grocery shopping is the most direct and regular exposure that consumers have to product prices. However, the Federal Reserve looks at core inflation, which excludes food and energy prices since they tend to be more volatile. The researchers contend that citizens and policymakers reading inflationary signals from two very different sources risks the occurrence of large and dangerous mistakes.  U.S. Funding Dead...

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