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Was at a Whataburger yesterday, hamburger was $2.39. In the store they had a photo of 1st Whataburger in 1950 in Corpus Christi, TX. In the photo a hamburger was $.35.

Question: What is the annual inflation rate for 57 yrs. Is it 12%?
 

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$.35 in 1950 had the same buying power as $2.94 in 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The inflation rate for each year since 1914 can be found at http://www.minneapolisfed.org/research/data/us/calc/hist1913.cfm.
 

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$4.00 in 1950 would have the same buying power as $33.60 in 2007.

As an aside, I've long maintained that trapshooting is a bargain, relative to inflation. In 1947, the year I was born, the first 100 targets cost $5.00 at the Michigan State Shoot, including ATA and MTA fees. That would equal $45.38 in 2007 dollars. In 1958, the first 100 targets cost $8.50, equivalent to $59.53 in 2007! The first 100 targets will actually cost just $29.00 at the 2007 Michigan State shoot. The cost of shooting at the MTA has risen at only half the rate of inflation for the last 50 years.
 

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JBrooks, absolutely. Especially Whataburgers - they are not even staying with inflation which really is a surprise ($2.39 vs. $2.94). Yet I have a KickEEZ pad installed this week and it was $124.95 - now that is inflation.
 

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Anybody remember what a double cheeseburger cost at MickeyDeees in the '60s - the one they sell for $1 today? I know the hamburgers were $0.15 so cheeseburgers must have been $0.20, but can't remember the doublecheese.
 

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To inflate $0.35 to $2.35 over 57 years, the required rate depends on how the prices are compounded. If compounded annualy, the required rate is slightly over 3.4%. If compounded continuously, the required rate is slightly under 3.4%. Any other compounding scheme (quarterly, monthly, daily, ...) at a fixed rate would fall somewhere in between, so let's call it good at 3.4%.

How does one get these numbers?

Annual: exp((ln(2.39/.35))/57)-1

Continuous: (ln(2.39/.35))/57
 

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stokin,

we didn't have doubles or big macs or double quarter pounders. look at photos of men and women in the 1960's. How many big guts or butts did you see then? Maybe we should have stayed with the singles....hmmmm?
 
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