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Present Value Data

Below are sources of growth rates based on inflation, earnings, and compensation and of interest rates for discounting earnings, life care plans, and pensions.

For an explanation of use of the total offset method in calculating present value, see the Use of a Total Offset page.  For an illustration of the effects of varied net discounts rates on a present value calculation, see the Net Discount Comparison page. 

Data Item Description
Compensation growth U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Major Sector Productivity and Costs Index, Hourly Compensation. Series ID: PRS84006103

Source of growth rates for compensation (combination of wages and fringe benefits)

Wage growth U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  National Employment, Hours, and Earnings: Average Hourly Earnings of Production Workers.  Series ID: CEU0500000006

Source of growth rates for wages

Inflation  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Consumer Price Index, All Urban Consumers, U.S. City Average

Used to update dollars to current value using inflation (Series ID: CUUR0000SA0); also source of growth rates for medical services (Series ID: CUUR0000SAM2), medical commodities (Series ID: CUUR0000SAM1), and hospital and related services (Series ID: CUUR0000SEMD)


T-bills - annual


T-bills - monthly

Federal Reserve Board. 
3 Month Treasury Bill Rate (Secondary Market).

Source of annual average interest/discount rates from 1954 on

Source of monthly average interest/discount rates from 1947 on


Pension rates Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  Interest Rates.

Source of interest rates for discounting pensions


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