The Economy: Quite a Lot More

THE ECONOMY

After two years of research, the Bureau of Labor Statistics last week reported that urban dwellers paid more to live "moderately" in 1966 than they did to enjoy a "modest but adequate" existence in 1959. Exactly how much more they paid was lost in weighted statistics and educated guesses, but the B.L.S. figures indicated that it was really a great deal more.

For its study, the B.L.S. created a family of four: a 38-year-old employed husband, his wife and their two children, eight and 13. The bureau then worked out a budget for them, based on what it costs to live...

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