Question of the Day: Which cost has grown fastest over the last 20 years? a) Cellphone service b) College tuition/fees c) New cars
Answer: College Tuition and Fees
- Analyzing this chart, is there a conclusion that you can draw on whether the cost of a) goods OR b) services have grown the fastest over this period?
- What forces do you think have led to DECLINING prices of consumer products like TVs, Toys and Cellphone Service?
- What's your headline for this chart?
Behind the numbers (Visual Capitalist)
Since the start of the 21st century, U.S. consumers have seen a divergence of price movements across various categories. Nowhere is this better illustrated than on this chart concept thought up by AEI’s Mark J. Perry. It’s sometimes referred to as the “chart of the century” because it provides such a clear and impactful jump-off point to discuss a number of economic forces.
The punchline is that many consumer goods—particularly those that were easily outsourced—saw price drops, while key “non-tradable” categories saw massive increases.
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