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Consumer Expenditures in 2015

Categories: Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/consumer-expenditures/2015/home.htm

Shows average expenditures, income, and characteristics for so-called consumer units by various characteristics such as age, size of unit, number of earners, housing tenure, urban/rural area, occupation, highest education level, and more.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

An Analysis of Private-Sector Prices for Hospital Admissions

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/workingpaper/52567-hospitalprices.pdf

Compares hospital insurance rates of commercial plans with those of Medicare fee-for-service plans and finds that Medicare rates were on average 47% lower than commercial rates with variations across metro areas and across hospitals within metro areas.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

The Years Before School: Children’s Nonparental Care Arrangements From 2001 to 2012

Categories: Children,Education,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017096.pdf

Examines the pre-school care arrangements for children from birth through age 5 including different types of care, time spent by children in care, and out-of-pocket costs for parents.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses for Medical Services, by Insurance Coverage, 2000-2014

Categories: Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st500/stat500.pdf

Examines spending on health insurance premiums including the percentage of persons with out-of-pocket payments among those with health expenses, the out-of-pocket payment as a percentage of a person’s expenses, and the average amount paid out of pocket per person. Also shows results for the elderly and non-elderly.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Graduation Rates for Selected Cohorts, 2007-2012; Student Financial Aid, Academic Year 2014-2015; and Admissions in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2015: First Look

Categories: Education-Higher,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017084.pdf

Covers the per cent of students completing bachelor’s or equivalent degrees within 6 years of enrollment, the average cost of attendance and net price of attendance after financial aid, and the numbers of applications, acceptances, and enrollments. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Spending Habits of Urban Consumers and “Blue Collar” Consumers Living in Urban Areas, 1984 and 2015.

Categories: Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-6/pdf/spending-habits-of-urban-consumers-and-blue-collar-consumers-living-in-urban-areas-1984

Compares spending and budget allocations of all urban consumers (CPI-U) with those of wage earners or clerical workers in urban areas (CPI-W).  Covers the differences in major spending categories and specific categories of general interest.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Snapshot of Older Consumers and Student Loan Debt

Categories: Education-Higher,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Prices/Inflation

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201701_cfpb_OA-Student-Loan-Snapshot.pdf

Describes the increasing student loan debt that older consumers are carrying and how the increased debt burden is affecting their financial security.  This trend is caused by borrowers carrying student loan repayment later in life and older people helping to finance their children’s and grandchildren’s college education.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Expenditures on Children by Families, 2015

Categories: Births/Deaths,Children,Headlines,Marriage/Family,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/expenditures_on_children_by_families/crc2015.pdf

AKA. The Cost of Raising a Child.  Estimates that families will spend an average of $233,610 to raise a child, born in 2015,  from birth to age 17.  Includes a range of expenditure levels, from

$174,600 for lower income families to $372,210 for higher income families.  Does not include the cost of a college education.  The annual report is used by states to determine child support and foster care guidelines.  From the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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