On Calculating Cost-of-Living Index Numbers for Arbitrary Income Levels
A method for computing (approximate) cost-of-living index numbers for arbitrary reference income levels is presented. It combines the use of fairly disaggregated data with a relatively modest use of econometric methods. The basis ingredients are (1) a series of chained Tornqvist price index numbers relating to per capital total expenditure, (2) price index numbers for the commodities distinguished, and (3) the income parameters of a differential demand system. This method attains second order precision and is equivalent to a full econometric method based on a translog utility function. The method is demonstrated on Netherlands data for 1952-81. Copyright 1990 by The Econometric Society.
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Volume (Year): 58 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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