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Price Indexes for Microsoft's Personal Computer Software Products

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  • Jaison R. Abel
  • Ernst R. Berndt
  • Alan G. White

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Using a unique and comprehensive data source, we measure price changes for Microsoft's desktop personal computer software products during the time period July 1993 through June 2001. This paper contributes to a relatively small literature on price measurement of pre-packaged software by incorporating important channels of distribution, such as volume licensing and Original Equipment Manufacturer, as well as changes in product form, such as upgrades and integrated productivity suites, into matched-model price indexes. Although there are differences over time periods and across products, we find that the prices of Microsoft's desktop operating systems and applications have generally been falling over this time period.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9966.

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Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Publication status: published as Berndt, Ernst R. and Charles M. Hulten, (eds.) Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services: Essays in Honor of Zvi Griliches, National Bureau of Economic Research, Studies in Income and Wealth, Vol. 67. Chicago: University of Chicago Press for the National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007.
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  1. Alan G. White & Jaison R. Abel & Ernst R. Berndt & Cory W. Monroe, 2010. "Hedonic Price Indexes for Personal Computer Operating Systems and Produtivity Suites," NBER Chapters, in: Contributions in Memory of Zvi Griliches, pages 787-807 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Robert J. Gordon, 2006. "The Boskin Commission Report: A Retrospective One Decade Later," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 12, pages 7-22, Spring.
  3. Ana Aizcorbe, 2005. "Price Deflators for High Technology Goods and the New Buyer Problem," Industrial Organization 0502009, EconWPA.
  4. Mark C. Doms, 2004. "The boom and bust in information technology investment," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, pages 19-34.

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