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Commentary By Allison Schrager

The Pandemic Changed Americans’ Consumption Habits

Economics, Economics, Economics Tax & Budget, Housing, Healthcare

The pandemic changed what Americans spent their money on. And now with years of saving and government money they are spending more, which is one reason inflation is up. But some consumption habits have changed. The figure from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows what households have been spending their money on. Most of the spending growth was on housing and health care, two big drivers even before the pandemic. Though Americans are still eating more at home than out. They have only recently started buying more clothes and still aren't spending as much on recreational activities. While a return spending is driving some inflation, the economy is by no means back to normal.

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

Allison Schrager is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow her on Twitter here.

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