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A non-parametric bound on substitution bias in the UK retail prices index

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  • Laura Blow

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Surrey)

  • Ian Crawford

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Oxford)

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This paper uses revealed preference restrictions and nonparametric statistical methods to bound true cost-of-living indices. These are compared to the popular price indices including the type used to calculated the UK RPI. This is used to assess the method of calculating the RPI for substitution bias.

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  • Laura Blow & Ian Crawford, 1999. "A non-parametric bound on substitution bias in the UK retail prices index," IFS Working Papers W99/15, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:99/15
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    1. Varian, Hal R, 1982. "The Nonparametric Approach to Demand Analysis," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(4), pages 945-973, July.
    2. Robinson, Peter M, 1988. "Root- N-Consistent Semiparametric Regression," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 56(4), pages 931-954, July.
    3. A. P. Lerner, 1935. "A Note on the Theory of Price Index Numbers," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 3(1), pages 50-56.
    4. Hal R. Varian, 1983. "Non-parametric Tests of Consumer Behaviour," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 50(1), pages 99-110.
    5. Diewert, W. E., 1976. "Exact and superlative index numbers," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 4(2), pages 115-145, May.
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    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory

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