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Social Studies High School

What Causes Low Inflation?

The United States economy has experienced slow but steady growth since the 2007-2009 recession. Historically, one result of an improving economy should be an increase in the overall level of prices – inflation. This has not been the case, however, and inflation has stayed low. Inflation has remained low in part because most people don’t worry about it rising, and they aren’t rushing to buy products before they go up in price. Listen to hear what low inflation sounds like, and how your behavior can directly affect whether prices rise or fall.


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AIR DATE: 05/15/2014

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