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Hedonic Price Indexes for Personal Computer Operating Systems and Productivity Suites

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  • Alan G. White
  • Jaison R. Abel
  • Ernst R. Berndt
  • Cory W. Monroe

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Results of hedonic price regressions for personal computer operating systems and productivity suites advertised in PC World magazine by retail vendors during the time period 1984 to 2000 are reported. Among the quality attribute variables we use are new measures capturing the presence of network effects in personal computer operating systems, such as connectivity and compatibility, and product integration among components of productivity suites. Average annual growth rates of quality-adjusted prices of personal computer operating systems range from -15 to -18 percent, while those for productivity suites generally range between -13 and -16 percent. Price declines are generally greater in the latter half of the samples.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 10427.

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Date of creation: Apr 2004
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Publication status: published as Alan G. White, Jaison R. Abel, Ernst R. Berndt, Cory W. Monroe. "Hedonic Price Indexes for Personal Computer Operating Systems and Produtivity Suites," in Jacques Mairesse and Manuel Trajtenberg, editors, "Contributions in Memory of Zvi Griliches" Annales D'Économie et de Statistique, 79-80, July-December 2005 (2010)
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  1. Mark Doms & Ana Aizcorbe & Carol Corrado, 2003. "When do matched-model and hedonic techniques yield similar measures?," Working Paper Series 2003-14, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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  4. Ana Aizcorbe, 2003. "The stability of dummy variable price measures obtained from hedonic regressions," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2003-05, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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  2. Robert C. Feenstra & Christopher R. Knittel, 2009. "Re-Assessing the U.S. Quality Adjustment to Computer Prices: The Role of Durability and Changing Software," NBER Chapters, in: Price Index Concepts and Measurement, pages 129-160 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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