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The Ottawa Group after Ten Meetings: Future Priorities

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  • Diewert, Erwin

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The paper briefly reviews the accomplishments of the Ottawa Group on the occasion of its tenth meeting and then goes on to list ten problem areas in price measurement that have not been completely resolved and hence should be a focus of future meetings. The ten problem areas are: (1) the construction of elementary indexes when price and quantity data are available; (2) the construction of user costs for capital inputs; (3) the quality adjustment of prices; (4) the construction of price indexes for owner occupied housing; (5) problems associated with difficult to measure services; (6) the treatment of prices associated with household production; (7) the measurement of export and import prices in the production accounts of the System of National Accounts; (8) the treatment of seasonal products; (9) the measurement of core inflation and (10) the treatment of new goods.

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series Economics working papers with number diewert-07-11-16-12-30-23.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 16 Nov 2007
Date of revision: 16 Nov 2007
Handle: RePEc:ubc:bricol:diewert-07-11-16-12-30-23

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Keywords: Ottawa Group; index numbers; elementary price indexes; user costs; owner occupied housing; hedonic regressions; seasonal products; core inflation; new;

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  1. Marcel Peter & Scott Roger & Geoffrey Heenan, 2006. "Implementing Inflation Targeting," IMF Working Papers 06/278, International Monetary Fund.
  2. W. Erwin Diewert, 1998. "Index Number Issues in the Consumer Price Index," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(1), pages 47-58, Winter.
  3. Jerry Hausman, 1997. "Cellular Telephone, New Products and the CPI," NBER Working Papers 5982, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Mick Silver, 2007. "Core Inflation: Measurement and Statistical Issues in Choosing Among Alternative Measures," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 54(1), pages 163-190, May.
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  1. Leonard I. Nakamura, 2008. "Intangible assets and national income accounting," Working Papers 08-23, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

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