The Wrongs And Rights Of Unit Value Indices
There are two sides to unit value indices. The first is their widespread and unwarranted use based on customs data as surrogates for price relatives of product groups of exports and imports. For the aggregation of heterogeneous items, superlative price indices are best and unit value indices are biased. The second is the widespread and unwarranted use of price indices for homogeneous items, for which unit value indices are best and superlative price indices are biased. Then there is the "in-between": the case of broadly comparable items. This paper examines such issues. Copyright 2010 The International Monetary Fund. Journal compilation 2010 International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.
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Volume (Year): 56 (2010)
Issue (Month): s1 (06)
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