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Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses for Non-elderly Families by Income and Family Structure, 2015

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st507/stat507.pdf

In 2015 the median amount paid by non-elderly families for health care was $451.  Describes variations in amount by family structure and income.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Drug Industry: Profits, Research and Development Spending, and Merger and Acquisition Deals

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation

https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688472.pdf

Retail prescription drug expenditures have been growing as a percentage of total health care spending.  This report traces changes in the financial performance and structure of the drug industry, the effects on R&D spending and new drug approvals, and how potential consolidation might affect drug prices and new drug development.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

 

Selected Charts from Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Foreign Trade/Investment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/85463/ap-078.pdf?v=43025

A collection of 34 charts and maps presenting information on the farm sector, food prices, food security, rural communities, agricultural production and trade and more.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Social Security Announces 2.0 Percent Benefit Increase for 2018

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Retirement/Social Security

https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/#/post/10-2017-1

Announces the Cost of Living Adjustment for the coming year based on the movement of the Consumer Price Index.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/pce/2017/pdf/pce1017.pdf

State personal consumption expenditures grew on average 4% in 2016, the same as in 2015.  The range was 6.2% in Utah to 0.2% in North Dakota with Virginia at 3.6%.   From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

FREDcast Forecasting Game

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://research.stlouisfed.org/useraccount/fredcast/

Economic forecasting game involving CPI inflation, GDP growth, unemployment, and payroll jobs.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

 

H.R. 3840: The Affordable College Textbook Act

Categories: Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3840?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22affordable+college+textbook+act%22%5D%7D&r=1

Legislation introduced in Congress to expand the use of open textbooks to bring about savings for students.  Provides text of the introduced bill and allows for tracking of progress through legislative process.  From Congress.gov

 

Expenditures on Admissions to the Arts, Movies, Sporting Events, and other Entertainment

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Athletics/Exercise,Libraries/Museums,Prices/Inflation,Recreation/Travel,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2017/expenditures-on-arts-movies-sporting-events-and-other-entertainments-and-recreational-activities/pdf/expenditures-on-arts-movies-sporting-events-and-other-entertainments-and-recreational-activities.pdf

In 2015 Americans spent an average of $652 on fees and admissions for entertainment.  The figures do not include spending on out-of-town events because of inadequacies in the data.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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