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Consumer Expenditures 2013

Reports that average expenditures per consumer unit in 2013 were $51,100, little changed from 2012 levels.  Also offers details on the average consumer expenditures per category such as housing, food, transportation and so forth.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Role of Oil Price Shocks in Causing U.S. Recessions

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Prices/Inflation

Delves more deeply into the question of whether and to what extent oil price increases become a major cause for U.S. recessions.  From the Federal Reserve


Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013

Categories: Children,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Youth

Presents the most recent estimates of the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 by type of family, region of country, and income level of family.  Estimates a middle-income family will spend about $245,000 or $304,000 adjusted for projected inflation.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture


2014-15 Tuition and Fees at Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges and Universities

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Virginia Issues$file/RD204.pdf

Provides information on approved tuition and fee increases for the 2014-15 year, tuition and fee trends in Virginia over the past 25 years, the cost-sharing relationship between the state and students, and trends in tuition increases nationally.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Trends and Projections in U.S. Hospital Costs by Patient Age, 2003-2013

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Hospital costs vary substantially by medical condition and patient age.  This report uses patient age data from nine states to develop national quarterly projections of 2012 and 2013 aggregate and average hospital costs in three age groups.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


School Meal Programs: Implications of Adjusting Income Eligibility Thresholds and Reimbursement Rates by Geographic Differences

Categories: Children,Education,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation

Current eligibility rules for free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs do not consider geographic differences in the cost of living.  This report looks at a variety of methods  for identifying geographic differences in living costs and the potential for using them in the school meals program.  From the Government Accountability Office


Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2013-2014; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2012-13; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2012-13: First Look (Provisional Data)

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

A revised version of the preliminary report released on July 10, 2014.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Offer Rates, Enrollment Rates, Premiums, and Employee Contributions for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector for the 10 Largest Metropolitan Areas, 2013

Categories: Health Insurance,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Includes coverage of metro areas where premiums are higher or lower or availability of insurance is higher. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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