Re: “Can anyone point or link a resource that explains the changes in how inflation has been calculated since the 1980s”
The CPI has changed from measuring the cost of maintaining a set standard of living to the cost of maintaining a declining standard of living. Some of the tools used are: core inflation the number which excludes food and energy and is used to evaluate the Fed’s performance, owner’s rent equivalence, substitution, hedonics, chained dollars, weighting, intervention analysis,
Over time the definition of the CPI has even changed.
These articles are a good start:
Thank you for the links. I am learning a lot and have some research to do.
I might end up writing up my own report. My effort would be to simplify it for the sheeple, including friends and family.