THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

The consumer price index (CPI) is a measure of the overall cost of the goods and services bought by a typical consumer. Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is part of the Department of Labor, computes and reports the consumer price index. In this section, we discuss how the consumer price index is calculated and what problems arise in its measurement. We also consider how this index compares to the (1) deflator, another measure of the overall level of prices, which we examined in the preceding ·chapter

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