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WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX: An index of the prices paid by retail stores for the products they would ultimately resell to consumers. The Wholesale Price Index, abbreviated WPI, was the forerunner of the modern Producer Price Index (PPI). The WPI was first published in 1902, and was one of the more important economic indicators available to policy makers until it was replaced by the PPI in 1978. The change to Producer Price Index in 1978 reflected, as much as a name change, a change in focus of this index away from the limited wholesaler-to-retailer transaction to encompass all stages of production. While the WPI is no longer available, the family of producer price indexes provides a close counterpart in the Finished Goods Price Index.

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by Orley M. Amos, Jr.
Professor of Economics
Oklahoma State University
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Professor
Chapter Two: A Kind, Loving Instructor
Chapter Three: Some Yummy Purple Fruit
Chapter Four: Tyler's Second Test
Chapter Five: Cali O'Toole
Chapter Six: The Hideous Monster
Chapter Seven: Crunch Water
Chapter Eight: The Quest
Chapter Nine: The Valley Of Red
Chapter Ten: The Purple Village
Chapter Eleven: Leonardo Da Vinci
Chapter Twelve: The Estoffe Flow
Chapter Thirteen: The Evil Professor
Chapter Fourteen: Adam
Chapter Fifteen: The Caves
Chapter Sixteen: Mark Twain
Chapter Seventeen: Leonardo's Place
Chapter Eighteen: Return From Leornia
Chapter Nineteen: The Source Of Water
Chapter Twenty: The Real World

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Fact 3: Our Unfair Lives

Across the interstate from the Mega-Mart Discount Warehouse Super Center resides the Shady Valley Central Town Sprawling Hills Shopping Mall -- a prime example of our economy's climate-controlled, suburban shopping phenomenon. Our pedestrian's ramble through the economy would be totally inadequate if we did not spend at least one day strolling past the endless rows of stores with their displays of clothes, shoes, electronics, clothes, luggage, clothes, cheese pretzels, and of course clothes. Our pedestrian trip, however, is not concerned with the products exhibited beyond the stylish glass windows. No, our jumping off point is the gadzillions of people who pass us by, bump into us, get in our way, and generally make our shopping experience comparable to a commuter train during the rush hour.

Those who comprise the shopping crowd are short, tall, young, old, fat, thin, black, white, happy, and sad. More importantly for our present discussion, however, is that some are rich and some are not-so-rich. A few of the wealthier shoppers actually buy the products framed by the picturesque windows that line the air-conditioned quaint mid-way of Shady Valley Central Town Sprawling Hills Shopping Mall. Others must be content to ogle the prominently displayed products or perhaps buy an occasional cheese pretzel.
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