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  • Comfort commodity prices and European inflation : A steaming cup of FRED data
    on 25 Settembre 2023 at 13:00

    The harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP) is a measure of inflation published by Eurostat that’s comparable across all countries in the European Union. It covers all 12 categories of the “European classification of individual consumption according to purpose” (ECOICOP). … Continue reading →

  • Labor stoppages and changes to payroll employment : Data from the BLS
    on 21 Settembre 2023 at 13:00

    When unionized workers go on strike, the total amount of hours worked in the economy decreases; but the level of employment reported each month in the Current Employment Statistics survey may not show a similar change. The impact of labor … Continue reading →

  • Measuring the value of currencies: Exchange rates and inflation
    on 18 Settembre 2023 at 13:00

    The FRED graph above shows the exchange rate of two currencies with the US dollar: the Swiss franc and the Colombian peso. We chose these two for their obvious contrasting history. The Swiss franc is considered to be among the … Continue reading →

  • Why does women’s employment change with the seasons? : An answer from the NBER
    on 14 Settembre 2023 at 13:00

    Summer is ending. As the new school year gears up, some areas of economic activity will get seasonal boosts—such as increases in retail sales of office supplies as incoming students and their families buy what they need for the classroom. … Continue reading →

  • Strong and weak currencies : A primer on exchange rates
    on 11 Settembre 2023 at 13:00

    It’s common to hear talk of one currency being “stronger” or “weaker” than another. This comparison helps determine how much of each currency is required to make purchases. A currency that’s stronger than another means it requires less of that … Continue reading →