# Canadian inflation rate in 1931: -10.23%

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## Inflation in 1931 and its effect on dollar value

Purchasing power increased by 10.23% in 1931 compared to 1930. On average, you would have to spend 10.23% less money in 1931 than in 1930 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, \$1 in 1930 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$0.90 in 1931.

The 1930 inflation rate was -6.38%. The inflation rate in 1931 was -10.23%. The 1931 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.25% per year between 1931 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1931 was 7.90. It was 8.80 in the previous year, 1930. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation. Because the 1931 CPI is less than 1930 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

 Average inflation rate -10.23% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$0.90 Price difference (\$1 base) \$-0.10 CPI in 1930 8.800 CPI in 1931 7.900 Inflation in 1930 -6.38% Inflation in 1931 -10.23%

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$1, 1930 to 1931

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1930 and 1931:

CPI in 1931 CPI in 1930
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 8.8 in the year 1930 and 7.9 in 1931:

7.98.8
×
\$1
=
\$0.90

\$1 in 1930 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$0.90 in 1931.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1930 and 1931, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1931 - CPI in 1930CPI in 1930
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.9 - 8.88.8
×
100
=
-10%

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

• Mohandas Gandhi protests British salt tax by a 200-mile-long walk.
• Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
• Lawrence Hyland discovers the first radar by accident.
• Roald Amundsen's leads the first expedition to reach the South Pole.
• American explorer Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu.

## Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Canada's annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1914 and computed by Statistics Canada (StatCan).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Inflation Rate in 1931 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 3 Jun. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1931.