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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Out-of-Pocket Net Price for College

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Shows trends in total price and net price (the price after student aid is deducted) for public, private, and for-profit institutions of higher education over past decade.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Consumer Expenditures in 2011

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Reports that consumer spending increased for the first time in three years with average annual expenditures at $49,705, up 3.3% from the previous year.  Shows average annual expenditures by various categories of spending such as housing, food, transportation and so on.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Why Does BLS Provide Both the CPI-W and CPI-U?

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Examines the history and evolution of the Consumer Price Index, explains the reasoning behind the creation of two main indexes, and describes the debate surrounding this development.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Rising Cost of College: Tuition, Financial Aid, and Price Discrimination

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation

Examines how the concept of price discrimination, or the practice of selling goods or services at different prices to different customers, results in no net change in tuition prices over the past ten years due to the effects of financial aid.   From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Report to Congress on the Impact on Premiums for Individuals and Families with Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance from the Guaranteed Issue, Guaranteed Renewal, and Fair Health Insurance Premiums Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation

A long title for a short document (6 pages) on whether those with employer-sponsored health insurance will have higher or lower premiums due to certain Affordable Care Act guarantees.  From the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Characteristics of Operating Room Procedures in U.S. Hospitals, 2011

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Approximately 15 million hospital stays annually require an operating room procedure; such stays are 2.5 times more costly than stays not requiring OR procedures.  This report examines the most common OR procedures, the costliest ones, and patient characteristics. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Federal Student Loans: Impact of Loan Limit Increases on College Prices is Difficult to Discern

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Prices/Inflation,Youth

Examines whether the Stafford loan limit increases affected college prices and the trends in private student loan borrowing since the increased loan limits took effect.  From the Government Accountability Office


2014 Farm Sector Income Forecast

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Predicts that farm income will fall by 26% from 2013 totals to $95 billion in 2014.  Examines prospects for crop payments, farm expenditures, and government support payments.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


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