The Economy: Quite a Lot More


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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