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What is the index used to measure the cost of living in Social Security calculations?

  • CBO (21% people answered this)
  • CPI (75% people answered this)
  • OMB (3% people answered this)

28 people answered.


Correct answer is: CPI

The CPI is the consumer price index and is used to calculate cost of living to determine payments to Social Security recipients. There has been recent debate over whether to use chained CPI in calculations instead, which would factor in the assumption that, as the price of one good increases, consumers will purchase a similar, less expensive commodity instead. However, opponents argue that retirees would receive 3% less over their lifetime if chained CPI was implemented, which would harm the low-income recipients most reliant on Social Security.


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