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Inflation measurement gives us food for thought

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  • Jim Dolmas

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Global food prices are soaring. Since February 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization world food price index has risen roughly 67 percent, surpassing the previous peak in June 2008 (Chart 1). The last food price surge, from early 2007 to mid-2008, prompted riots in many countries; the latest rise has also fueled riots and may have been a factor in political unrest sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in its journal Economic Letter.

Volume (Year): 6 (2011)
Issue (Month): may ()
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Handle: RePEc:fip:feddel:y:2011:i:may:n:v.6no.4

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Keywords: Food prices ; Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index ; Monetary policy;

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