Grocery prices and gender roles affect inflation expectations : The Indicator from Planet Money Can you feel the inflation emanating from the milk aisle? Today on The Indicator, we explore how food prices – and who does the grocery shopping – affect how we think about inflation. Oh and don't forget your grocery list, because we're headed to the supermarket too.

Feeling inflation in the grocery store

Feeling inflation in the grocery store

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 13: A person shops in a grocery store on July 13, 2022 in Miami, Florida. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the consumer price index soared to 9.1%, marking the fastest pace for inflation since November 1981. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point to tame inflation. But what does inflation feel like for the everyday shopper?

Today on The Indicator, we head over to the supermarket (twelve dollars for a watermelon?! please... ). Come with us to understand how grocery prices impact how we feel about inflation, and why who does the grocery shopping matters.

Check out this paper on grocery prices and inflation expectations, or this paper on the impact of gender roles on economic expectations to learn more about this topic.

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