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Summary: There are different ways of measuring the inflation rate, subtle changes can result in minor differences in the outcome and there’s no one “right” way to do it. There are several commonly used standard ways. One is the government’s “Consumer Price Index” (CPI). Another is the Personal Consumption Expenditure Price Index (PCEPI). The Federal Reserve switched to the PCEPI some time ago, so that’s already established in our banking/finance/monetary policy. AFF wants to change from CPI to PCEPI for federal transfer payments (like Social Security), which is fiscal policy, but topicality never stops some Affirmatives from running what they want. The difference in the two measurements will have some difference in the amount of money by which Social Security checks, for example, go up each year, since they are indexed to go up automatically with the inflation rate. PCEPI tends on average (not always) to produce a slightly lower inflation rate than CPI. Therefore, switching from PCEPI to CPI would slightly lower the increase in Social Security checks in the future.
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