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Use an internet search or the University Library to locate information on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Internet sites you might find useful include the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Federal Reserve of St. Louis FRED website. 

Develop a minimum 700-word analysis of inflation. Include the following:

  • Choose a product or service you currently consume/use, such as apparel or educational services, that is included in the CPI's "market basket." Find the annual CPI index numbers for your chosen good or service for the years 1995, 2005, 2010, and 2015. Enter those index numbers in an Excel spreadsheet and calculate the percent change (inflation rates) in those index numbers from 1995 to 2005, from 1995 to 2010, and from 1995 to 2015.  
  • Analyze the trends in overall inflation over the last five years and whether your income has kept pace with inflation. How has inflation over the last five years affected you and/or your family?
  • Discuss how a business manager, such as a human resources manager, might use CPI statistics. 

Format your paper according to APA guidelines. 

Inflation and Analyses of Monetary Policies Grading Guide ECO/561 Version 12

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ECO/561 Week 4 Assignment Rubric

Individual Assignment: Inflation and Analyses of Monetary Policies

Purpose of Assignment

This assignment will introduce students to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and provide students with the skills to calculate inflation and interpret the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Note: The BLS is the primary source of information on inflation, but their data is re-posted in other sources, such as the St. Louis Federal Reserve FRED site, among others.

Resources Required

Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products.

Grading Guide

Content

Met

Partially Met

Not Met

Comments:

Chose a product or service student currently consumes/uses, such as apparel or educational services, that is included in the CPI’s “market basket.” Found the annual CPI index numbers for student’s chosen good or service for the years 1995, 2005, 2010, and 2015. 20 points

Entered those index numbers in an Excel® file and calculated the percent change (inflation rates) in those index numbers from 1995 to 2005, from 1995 to 2010, and from 1995 to 2015. 20 points

 

Analyzed the trends in overall inflation over the last five years and whether student’s income has kept pace with inflation. Answered the following question:

· How has inflation over the last five years affected you and/or your family?

20 points

Discussed how a business manager, such as a human resources manager, might use CPI statistics. 20 points

The analysis is a minimum of 700 words in length. 5 points

Total Available

Total Earned

85

#/85

Writing Guidelines

Met

Partially Met

Not Met

Comments:

The paper—including tables and graphs, headings, title page, and reference page—is consistent with APA formatting guidelines and meets course-level requirements. 10 points

Intellectual property is recognized with in-text citations and a reference page. 10 points

Paragraph and sentence transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper. 5 points

Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.

5 points

Rules of grammar and usage are followed including spelling and punctuation. 5 points

Total Available

Total Earned

 

35

#/35

Assignment Total

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120

#/120

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