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How to measure inflation in India?

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  • Patnaik, Ila

    () (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

  • Shah, Ajay

    () (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)

  • Veronese, Giovanni

    (Bank of Italy)

Abstract

What is the best inflation measure in India? What inflation measure is most relevant for monetary policy making in India? Questions of timeliness, weights in the price index, accuracy of food price measurement, and inclusion of services prices are relevant to the choice of measure. We show that under present conditions of measurement, the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) is preferable to either the Wholesale Price Index or the GDP deflator.

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  • Patnaik, Ila & Shah, Ajay & Veronese, Giovanni, 2011. "How to measure inflation in India?," Working Papers 11/83, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:npf:wpaper:11/83 Note: Working Paper 83, 2011
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    1. Slamming the accelerator while hitting the brakes
      by Ajay Shah in Ajay Shah's blog on 2011-05-19 13:24:00
    2. Kicking the wheels of the new CPI
      by Ajay Shah in Ajay Shah's blog on 2011-04-28 15:29:00
    3. Slamming the Accelerator While Hitting the Brakes
      by Ajay Shah in Citizen Economists on 2011-05-19 19:15:19
    4. Kicking the Wheels of the New CPI
      by Ajay Shah in Citizen Economists on 2011-04-29 19:35:45
    5. The great Indian GDP measurement controversy
      by Ajay Shah in Ajay Shah's blog on 2016-09-10 07:49:00

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    1. Yanamandra, Venkataramana, 2015. "Exchange rate changes and inflation in India: What is the extent of exchange rate pass-through to imports?," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 57-68.

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    Keywords

    Monetary policy ; Inflation measure ; Statistical system;

    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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