These data are a monthly time-series of changes in the consumer price index relative to a Dec. 1997 starting date for televisions, computers, and related items. I use this as in-class illustration that globalization has made consumer electronics cheaper across the board for Americans.

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Format

A data frame with 1,704 observations on the following 3 variables.

date

a date

category

the particular category (e.g. all items, televisions, etc.)

value

the consumer price index (Dec. 1997 = 100)

Source

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Details

This is a web-scraping job from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Post is titled "Long-term price trends for computers, TVs, and related items" and was published on Oct. 13, 2015.