Canadian inflation rate in 1932: -7.59%

Inflation in 1932 and its effect on dollar value

Purchasing power increased by 7.59% in 1932 compared to 1931. On average, you would have to spend 7.59% less money in 1932 than in 1931 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, $1 in 1931 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $0.92 in 1932.

The 1931 inflation rate was -10.23%. The inflation rate in 1932 was -7.59%. The 1932 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 3.38% per year between 1932 and 2020.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1932 was 7.30. It was 7.90 in the previous year, 1931. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation. Because the 1932 CPI is less than 1931 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.


Inflation from 1931 to 1932
Average inflation rate -7.59%
Converted amount ($1 base) $0.92
Price difference ($1 base) $-0.08
CPI in 1931 7.900
CPI in 1932 7.300
Inflation in 1931 -10.23%
Inflation in 1932 -7.59%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1931 to 1932

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1931 and 1932:

CPI in 1932 CPI in 1931
×
1931 CAD value
=
1932 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.9 in the year 1931 and 7.3 in 1932:

7.37.9
×
$1
=
$0.92

$1 in 1931 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $0.92 in 1932.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1931 and 1932, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1932 - CPI in 1931CPI in 1931
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.3 - 7.97.9
×
100
=
-8%

News headlines from 1931

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

  • The Empire State Building opens in New York.
  • A railway explosion is faked by the Japanese in order to create a pretext for their Manchuria invasion.
  • Proclamation of the Chinese People's Republic by Mao Zedong.

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 1932 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Sep. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1932.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1931 to 1932
Average inflation rate -7.59%
Converted amount ($1 base) $0.92
Price difference ($1 base) $-0.08
CPI in 1931 7.900
CPI in 1932 7.300
Inflation in 1931 -10.23%
Inflation in 1932 -7.59%