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September 2006

The CE and the PCE: a comparison

Thesia I. Garner, George Janini, Bill Passero, Laura Paszkiewicz, Mark Vendemia

An analysis of a decline in the ratios of aggregate spending for various categories of expenditures from the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey and the BEA's Personal Consumption Expenditures over an 11-year period employs a new methodology that takes into account the degree of comparability of those categories.

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