The Differential Approach to Superlative Index Number Theory
AbstractDiewertâ€™s â€œsuperlativeâ€ index numbers, defined to be exact for second-order aggregator functions, unify index number theory with aggregation theory but have been difficult to identify. We present a new approach to finding elements of this class. This new approach, related to that advocated by Henri Theil, transforms candidate index numbers into growth rate form and explores convergence rates to the Divisia index. Because the Divisia index in continuous time is exact for any aggregator function, any discrete time index number that converges to the Divisia index and that has a third-order remainder term is superlative.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Volume (Year): 35 (2003)
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Divisia; index numbers; superlative indexes;
Other versions of this item:
- William A. Barnett & Ke- Hong Choi & Tara M. Sinclair, 2001. "The Differential Approach to Superlative Index Number Theory," Econometrics 0111002, EconWPA, revised 28 Dec 2001.
- William Barnett & Ki-Hong Choi & Tara M. Sinclair, 2012. "The Differential Approach to Superlative Index Number Theory," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 201234, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Sep 2012.
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- William Barnett & Ki-Hong Choi, 2006. "Operational identification of the complete class of superlative index numbers: an application of Galois theory," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 200604, University of Kansas, Department of Economics.
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