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Economic Commentary

The Demographics of Inflation Opinion Surveys

In this Commentary, we document that people report very different perceptions and predictions of inflation depending upon their income, education, age, race, and gender—a strange finding that may provide an important clue to understanding how to interpret survey data of inflation expectations.

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Suggested Citation

Bryan, Michael F., and Guhan Venkatu. 2001. “The Demographics of Inflation Opinion Surveys.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 10/15/2001.

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