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Econometric analysis of price index for home video cassette recorders in the U.S., 1978-1987

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This paper conducts an empirical analysis on the U.S. VCR market using a hedonic approach. The paper finds that quality-adjusted price indices decline at 11-12% per year, with a large annual drop of about 18% from 1982-85. Estimation and data analysis reveal interesting aspects of the evolution of quality and price in the VCR market. As a result of the exclusion of the VCR category until 1986, the paper estimates a bias of 2.4% per year in the CPI electronics subindex.

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  • Hiroshi Ohashi, 2003. "Econometric analysis of price index for home video cassette recorders in the U.S., 1978-1987," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 179-197.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:12:y:2003:i:2:p:179-197
    DOI: 10.1080/10438590303127
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    Cited by:

    1. Satoshi Nakano & Kazuhiko Nishimura, 2013. "Welfare gain from quality and price development in the Japan’s LCD TV market," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 23(4), pages 889-908, September.
    2. Hiroshi Ohashi, 2008. "How to Measure the Outcome of Innovations: Application to Product Innovations," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-555, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.

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