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Everyday Price Index
5|22|15

Everyday Prices Stabilize

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) was unchanged in April after increasing 0.8...
Business Conditions Monthly
5|14|15

May Business Conditions Monthly

AIER Staff
A healthy corporate America provides a solid foundation for capital markets and...
Issue Briefs
5|7|15

Top Job Destinations for College Graduates

Rosalind Greenstein, PhD
AIER’s Employment Destinations Index ranks metropolitan areas by eight economic...
Everyday Price Index
4|17|15

Gasoline Prices Firm

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.8 percent in March. The Consumer...
Business Conditions Monthly
4|14|15

April Business Conditions Monthly

AIER Staff
Consumers are poised to lead economic growth higher.
Everyday Price Index
3|25|15

Restaurant Prices Rise Following Stronger Demand

Theodore Cangero
After three consecutive months of decline, the Everyday Price Index (EPI)...
Business Conditions Monthly
3|25|15

March Business Conditions Monthly

AIER Staff
Despite some signs of economic weakness, there’s no recession signal yet.
Issue Briefs
3|18|15

Offsetting Factors Point to Modest Inflation

Jia Liu, PhD
Since the summer of 2014, the precipitous decline in oil prices brought down...
Everyday Price Index
2|26|15

Lower Gasoline Prices Restrain Everyday Prices

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.5 percent in January in contrast to...
Business Conditions Monthly
2|24|15

February Business Conditions Monthly

AIER Staff
A strengthening U.S. dollar is having far-reaching effects on the U.S. economy...
Issue Briefs
2|11|15

Rewards & Rigors of Summer Fellowship

Natalia Smirnova, PhD
AIER’s Summer Fellowship program has long been a core component of the...
Business Conditions Monthly
1|21|15

January Business Conditions Monthly

AIER Staff
Changing global oil market dynamics send prices tumbling, helping some while...
Everyday Price Index
1|20|15

Lower Energy Prices Offset Higher Food Prices

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.0 percent in December in contrast to...
Issue Briefs
1|12|15

Rethinking Retirement Guidelines

Luke F. Delorme
Millions of Americans that will rely on Social Security and pensions in...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|31|14

CNET Features AIER's Wage Study

Aaron Nathans
We were delighted to see CNET cite AIER’s research on wages in its story on...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|30|14

"Boomeranging" a Drag on Housing

Aaron Nathans
We read with interest that an increasing number of young adults are ...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|29|14

Teaching Quantity Theory of Money, in Spanish Class

Natalia Smirnova, PhD
As a follow-up to the Summer 2014 Teach-the-Teachers Initiative (TTI), we...
Everyday Price Index
12|19|14

Energy Prices Move Lower

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.2 percent in November. A decrease in...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|19|14

Price of Food Up and Down

Aaron Nathans
Americans are paying more for food when they’re in a restaurant, but less for...
Business Conditions Monthly
12|19|14

December Business Conditions Monthly

As 2014 drew to a close, American Institute for Economic Research (AIER)...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|18|14

AIER Named a Top Fellowship

Natalia Smirnova, PhD
AIER Summer Fellowship Practicum program has been selected as one of the Top 10...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|18|14

Everyday Life, Only Cheaper

Aaron Nathans
Americans’ everyday expenses took a marked dip downward in November, according...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|17|14

Consumer Prices Still in Check

Aaron Nathans
Despite an improving economy, inflation is still being held down by a stronger...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|16|14

Amid Data, a Search for Meaning

Aaron Nathans
As we review a steady stream of numbers that show an improving economy, this op...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|16|14

Slow Going for Housing Starts

Aaron Nathans
According to the numbers released by the Commerce Department this morning,...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|15|14

Advancing Financial Literacy of the Young Generation is AIER’s Priority

Natalia Smirnova, PhD
Eighth-grade girls from across Berkshire County attended recent workshops aimed...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|15|14

Strong November U.S. Manufacturing Numbers Suggest Manufacturing Renaissance Continues

Aaron Nathans
The report, from the Federal Reserve, showed November factory production was up...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|12|14

Why a Rising Dollar Isn’t Hurting the Economy

Polina Vlasenko, PhD
On my recent drive to catch a plane in Albany, I noticed a new sign on the side...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|11|14

Retail Sales Numbers: Happy Holidays Indeed

Aaron Nathans
For anyone with lingering thoughts that the first Black Friday reports...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|10|14

Why are Prices at the Pump Lower?

Theodore Cangero
Since July, the price per barrel of oil has fallen from about $107 to $61 this...
Blog: Daily Economy
12|5|14

One Sign Workers May Be Starting to Feel the Economic Thaw

Aaron Nathans
Wages showed a notable uptick in November, demonstrating that workers may...
Issue Briefs
11|21|14

The Changing Nature of Recessions

Polina Vlasenko, PhD
Recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 hasn’t been easy. Gross domestic...
Everyday Price Index
11|20|14

Energy Prices Continue to Pull Down EPI

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 1.0 percent in October because a...
Business-Cycle Conditions
11|7|14

Positive Outlook Amid Global Headwinds

Polina Vlasenko, PhD
Recent data show that steady growth of the U.S. economy continues. After a...
Inflation Reports
11|3|14

Inflation Outlook Remains Stable

Jia Liu, PhD
In September, the headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 0.09 percent...
Everyday Price Index
10|27|14

Everyday Prices Slow in September

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 0.2 percent in September as lower...
Issue Briefs
10|15|14

COLA to Exceed 2014 Increase

Polina Vlasenko, PhD
Social Security checks will increase slightly starting in January 2015 because...
Issue Briefs
10|9|14

H-1B Visas: No Impact on Wages

Nicole Kreisberg
How, or even whether, H-1B visa holders have an impact on American wages is a...
Issue Briefs
10|6|14

College Destinations: How We Rank Them

Luke F. Delorme, and Ethan Krohn
AIER’s College Destination Index (CDI) evaluates destinations based on...
Issue Briefs
10|6|14

College Destinations: Beyond the Campus

Luke F. Delorme, and Ethan Krohn
Choosing where to go to college is a complicated decision. Parents and students...
Business-Cycle Conditions
10|2|14

Fiscal Policy Drag Diminishing

Robert Hughes
The Great Recession of 2008-2009 will be remembered for its severity—a...
Inflation Reports
9|30|14

Oil Prices Neutralize Inflation

Jia Liu, PhD
Falling prices caused by an oil surplus are offsetting inflation pressures...
Everyday Price Index
9|22|14

Higher Food Prices Offset by Lower Energy Prices

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) decreased 0.5 percent in August because an...
Business-Cycle Conditions
9|9|14

Momentum in Manufacturing

Robert Hughes
As Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer 2014 with backyard barbecues...
Inflation Reports
9|3|14

Slight Price Pressures Visible

AIER Staff
As the economy continues its recovery, inflation plods along at a low, positive...
Everyday Price Index
8|21|14

Food Prices Increase in July but Energy Prices Decrease

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) was unchanged in July because the increase in...
Issue Briefs
8|13|14

From Savings to Income

Luke F. Delorme
More than one in three Americans is aged between 45 and 74 and is either in...
Business-Cycle Conditions
8|5|14

Outlook for Profit Margins

Robert Hughes
Fifty years ago, the world was a different place. In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther...
Inflation Reports
7|30|14

Use Forecasts for Trends Only

AIER Staff
Inflation forecasts have tended to capture the general direction and perform...
Everyday Price Index
7|24|14

Everyday Prices Increase in June

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.4 percent from May to June, a...
Business-Cycle Conditions
6|30|14

Gas Prices Not a Risk to Growth

Robert Hughes
Gas prices’ 15 percent jump in six months may be painful at the pump but is...
Inflation Reports
6|25|14

Spending Habits Shape Inflation

Luke F. Delorme
The price changes felt by individuals vary depending on lifestyle.
Everyday Price Index
6|17|14

Everyday Prices Increase In May

Theodore Cangero
Looking back over the past 12 months the EPI increased 2.5 percent. This is the...
Business-Cycle Conditions
6|3|14

Capital Spending Outlook Upbeat

Robert Hughes
An improving economy and favorable financial conditions suggest a positive...
Inflation Reports
5|23|14

Strong Dollar Dampens Inflation

Robert Hughes
A strong dollar helps hold down the prices of imported consumer goods,...
Everyday Price Index
5|16|14

Improving the Everyday Price Index

Theodore Cangero, Luke F. Delorme, and Polina Vlasenko, PhD
AIER’s Everyday Price Index (EPI) is designed to reflect price changes felt by...
Everyday Price Index
5|16|14

Everyday Prices are Mixed in April

Theodore Cangero
The Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 0.4 percent from March to April, a...
Everyday Price Index
5|15|14

EPI Methodology

Theodore Cangero, and Luke F. Delorme
AIER’s EPI methodology has been updated to account for monthly changes in...
Research Studies
5|8|14

Understanding the Affordable Care Act

Stephen Adams, Jules Clark, and Luke F. Delorme
The purpose of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is to make health insurance...
Business-Cycle Conditions
5|1|14

Housing Outlook Restrained

Robert Hughes
Single-family housing recovery at risk from rising interest rates and...
Inflation Reports
4|23|14

Can The Fed Tame Inflation?

Luke F. Delorme
The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy ignited inflationary fears,...
Everyday Price Index
4|16|14

Food and Gasoline Prices Jump

Theodore Cangero
The March Everyday Price Index (EPI) increased 1.4 percent, a much larger jump...
Issue Briefs
4|8|14

H1B Jobs: Filling the Skill Gap

Nicole Kreisberg
Business leaders in industries such as computer technology and finance claim...
Research Studies
11|21|13

Recovery Boosts Informal Learning

Jared Benjamin
The towns and cities of the College Destinations Index return to pre-recession...
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